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post #31 of 35 Old 07-21-2014, 09:33 PM
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I am planning on placing in ceiling speakers for the game area, and music room (5 additional speakers creating 3 zones in the basement).
Five additional speakers? Make those pairs... And is that two additional rooms/zones, or three additional rooms beyond the theater area?

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Do you have a preference of a system that will work for this? I want to make sure I can have music going in the game area when people are watching tv, and have the ability to listen to ESPN in all areas during a game.
You're in the 3-4 zone range that makes the choices unclear. If you can fit into three zones (theater plus two more areas), a 3-zone capable AVR would be the easy choice. But 4 zones total starts putting you in the WHA system camp.

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Do you recommend in wall sound control modules as well? I appreciate any assistance you can provide.
Control modules = "keypads". For larger multi-zone systems that can run the wiring, yes, I do. But getting a system with both mobile device control and keypads puts you into a much higher price point. Relatively inexpensive systems from Monoprice or HTD have basic keypads (and the HTD does have an add-on for mobile app control).

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post #32 of 35 Old 08-24-2014, 12:43 PM
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It's part of "a" solution. Doing it that way, you only have one source device, and you won't be able to control the volume in each zone without adding some other hardware (and software) to control the multi-zone controller (which only has a serial port or IR receiver for commands).

If you want different sources for each room, then you'll need multiple Sonos Connect units. But you'll still have the volume control issue.

Or skip the multi-zone amp, get multiple Connect:Amp units to connect to your wired speakers, and you're done.

Could someone elaborate on the volume control issue of using a Connect with the monoprice 6 zone amp wall plates? Would the volume be controlled only by the wall plates and the volume slider on the Connect Unit/App would do nothing?
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Could someone elaborate on the volume control issue of using a Connect with the monoprice 6 zone amp wall plates? Would the volume be controlled only by the wall plates and the volume slider on the Connect Unit/App would do nothing?
The Sonos app volume would effect all zones simultaneously, if it does anything at all. I'm not sure if the line-out on the Connect has a volume control or not, since it's intended to be a source for an amplifier. I don't have a Connect to test.

The monoprice wall plates would provide volume control for each individual zone.
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Cool Thanks. Limester, how has your setup worked so far. Are you happy or wish you would have gone with the monoprice amp? I am in the same boat where you were
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Five additional speakers? Make those pairs... And is that two additional rooms/zones, or three additional rooms beyond the theater area?



You're in the 3-4 zone range that makes the choices unclear. If you can fit into three zones (theater plus two more areas), a 3-zone capable AVR would be the easy choice. But 4 zones total starts putting you in the WHA system camp.



Control modules = "keypads". For larger multi-zone systems that can run the wiring, yes, I do. But getting a system with both mobile device control and keypads puts you into a much higher price point. Relatively inexpensive systems from Monoprice or HTD have basic keypads (and the HTD does have an add-on for mobile app control).

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So the HTD setup looks nice with the wireless control but I wonder how much you would really use your phone to control the volume in certain areas when you have touch pads on the wall. I see HTD does make a nice top of the line setup but it still lacks a little I think. I found this thread since I am also looking at the mono price multi-zone system and I know there is another thread in the AVS forum but it wont let me link it where people basically wrote their own control program for this mono-price setup but at that point you might as well buy the HTD system and piece together your own setup on their site and get the WiFi adapter since you either have to have a computer on all the time or set up a rasbery pi. Im wondering if their rs-232 wifi adapter works on the mono-price multi zone system? Anyways I have come to the conclusion that maybe I need the cheap mono-price setup and then I just use several amped wireless BTSA1 Bluetooth speaker adapters and then make each 1 a input so that anyone in the house can connect to one of the Bluetooth zones and play what ever the hell they want on their own device and just select the corresponding input on the touch pad in the room they are in. I wish you could name the amped Bluetooth controllers. Any thoughts? I originally was wondering if there might be an internet music player that had several outputs that could be preset to different Pandora stations and each input on a wall touch pad would be a different station but I don't think it exists so I am thinking amped wireless Bluetooth and maybe an ipod dock at the main amp for those less inclined to do Bluetooth will suffice. I can only imagine what there will be in the future, it just doesn't seem like there is anything affordable that can do it all. Anyone know of something I may be missing like a better Bluetooth option? With Bluetooth and a wireless input like HTD I could have an android touch pad to control everything not that I think I need it but.

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