AVS Forum Addicted Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: NW Houston, TX
Mentioned: 30 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1331 Post(s)
Lots of threads here with this info...
But basically, for using architectural (in-wall/ceiling) speakers, which is normal for WHA systems, you just use a stack of the "zone streamer/amplifier" units from whatever system/vendor you choose. The stack goes in a central location where all the wiring comes (assuming it exists), just like a traditional multichannel system would.
Some of the vendors with streamer products offer multi-zone boxes (essentially 2-4 zones in one, typically rack-mountable, box) which make it cheaper/cleaner for a large number of zones, but the results in terms of functions and usability is the same. Denon HEOS, Russound and NuVo all have those multi-zone boxes. Sonos doesn't, so you just use X Sonos Connect:AMP boxes. And of course, you only buy as many zones as you need (which is a big advantage of these modular systems, no wasted components).
As far as comparison, all of these systems will do the job, and at least in the mainstream feature set, all do basically the same thing. The difference will be in the more specialized features, pricing, and DIY vs installer/dealer availability.
I will point out one advantage for Denon HEOS and Yamaha MusicCast - both companies offer AVRs with their streamers built-in, which makes it very simple and easy to integrate zones that need surround capabilities - which you probably have at least one or two of those! The other systems you'd use the pre-amp streamer product (Sonos Connect, NuVo P300, etc.) attached as a source to any AVR...
Hope that helps,
Rock Creek Theater -- CIH, Panamorph, Martin Logan, SVS PB2000, Carada Masquerade, Grafik Eye, Bar table, Green Glue, JVC RS50
NOTE: If you find dead photo links in any of my posts, please PM me and I will fix it.