Alright guys, it looks like I came to the right discussion. I need some help from you experts.
I'm a newb who had my house prewired for a very expensive Crestron distributed AV system. All wires/cables route to a central location in a closet. The AV contractor took my money and closed it's doors, so I'm left now with a prewired house and in ceiling/wall speakers (8" Sonance). I have 18+ audio zones but for now I just want to get a few TV's setup while I piece my life back together. I read the discussion in this thread and it seems like someone might have a simple (inexpensive) solution to what I want to do for TV audio over WHA speakers. I'm a very visual person so I drew up a diagram of part of the house that has 3 different TV locations. See attached.
- For a temporary WHA solution, I pieced together a poor man's "PHA" (Partial house audio)
system that consists of an old receiver that connects to a cheap 6 zone speaker selector from Amazon. I have an apple TV hooked up to the receiver. Surprisingly, it works very well and sounds pretty damn good, and the old receiver hasn't fried yet. I control it from anywhere in the house with my iPhone or iPad and it has been very reliable for cranking music through 1/3 of the house.
-I bought some new TVs and they are being mounted in different rooms that have WHA speakers in the ceiling. Each TV location has (1) RG6 coax and at least (2) Cat6 cables that run back to the closet. Right now I'm very happy with using my TV's to stream directly from the web (netflix, amazon prime, etc.) and I get my local news from an over-the-air antenna via the RG6. With that said, by looking at my diagram you all know the problem...how do I get my TV audio to play through the ceiling speakers? My Cat6 runs are anywhere from 30' to 200' in length
I already own (2) additional apple TVs, so this rig job is the only idea I could come up with:
I add (2) more old receivers from craigslist and (2) more speaker selectors which would give me a total of (3) receivers/speaker selectors in the closet. I could hook each speaker selector to a "grouped" zone of speakers near the TV location. This would allow me to hear the TV audio locally over the WHA speakers. The TV audio would spread to the nearby speakers in the bathrooms/showers/hallways but that works for me. Then, my solution for WHA would be from an app called "Airfoil" that allows you to stream to multiple Apple TVs simultaneously. This would allow me to stream to all (3) ATVs and play through (3) receivers simultaneously that would power a ton of speaker zones in the house...
My head is spinning but I think that would work. But now that I type this I realize the problem is that the local news audio I get from my RG6 coax would not work with this configuration....my other problem is that I have a lot more than (3) TV locations, so i would need a device for each TV whether it be a chromecast puck or ATV. Oh man...no wonder everyone is trying to figure out a simple way to do this. Let me know if you guys have any other poor man configuration ideas.
BTW, can you stream to multiple chromecast pucks simultaneously? If yes, this could be a poor man's Android solution of powering multiple "grouped" zones with my poor man's craigslist receiver/speaker selector configuration. You could literally power 18 zones (3 groups of 6) of music for around $700:
Buy old receivers of your choice from Craigslist
Receiver $150 each x 3= $450
Amazon 6 zone speaker selectors: $40 x 3 = 120
Chromecast pucks with ethernet adapters if needed= $50 x 3 = $150
I bought an old VSX-91TXH and it's cranking out the power. You guys would **** if you heard how good this cheap setup sounds with 6 zones. I have (2) subs hooked to it as well. No one can believe how good it sounds from my $300 investment in equipment.
If you have any input or suggested configurations please speak in layman's terms for this newb...I don't know much about the equipment, but capable of installing and hooking everything up if someone sketched a diagram similar to the attached. Thanks for the help.