Sorry for the long post. I'll try to be concise about what I'm asking for help about...
I am looking to put together a whole home A/V system. Originally, I was planning to use 3 sonos connect devices, each connected to an audio receiver in different areas in my house. At about $1050 for the 3 sonos devices, I started thinking about cheaper alternatives...
With my wife and I both having Android phones (and also interested in buying a tablet or two) I started thinking about how to use those devices as an actual music source, instead of just to control the Sonos device. This would save money on the sonos devices, while utilizing what we already have (and potentially a tablet or two we wish to buy)...
So, then I started thinking that I could have a number of bluetooth audio receivers around the house (at < $100 a pop). Each BT receiver could have a phone/tablet paired. I could wire the receivers around the house to each of the bluetooth receivers. This would allow me to listen to any of the phone/tablets on any of the receivers in the house. Good in theory, but...
I don't think that ultimately bluetooth a2dp will have the range and reliability I am after. So, I am here posting about alternatives, or maybe a whole different design. Since the phones/tablets will be on wifi while at home, it would be nice to utilize the IP network instead of bluetooth, but not sure if this is possible. Your help and suggestions are appreciated.
My goal is to get away from using sonos, but achieve a similar result: All zones in the house can listen to the same or different sources of network audio (pandora, last.fm, itunes libraries). i.e. party mode in the whole house, or different songs/sources in each zone.
Video would be nice as well, but audio would be sufficient. Additionally, I want to be as future proof as possible, while not spending a lot of money (i.e. using the 3 receivers that I have as infrastructure.)
Some help with this design would be great. I am open to solutions like xbmc (which I already have and love, but don’t see this applying well), HTPC solutions, etc. The simpler the better, although I am pretty used to being complicated (obviously LOL). Also, I am intrigued with LinuxMCE but it sounds complicated and I'm not sure I want to dive into that.
P.S. I don't think it matters, but FYI... I will be using URC RF remote controls and base stations that I already have, to control everything. (MX-950s and MRF-350s).
My rooms/zones are:
Living room receiver:
Living Room 5.1 speakers
patio speakers (zone2)
kitchen speakers (zone 3 separate amp)
Bedroom 5.1 speakers
Master Bath Speakers (zone 2 or B speakers)
Gym 5.1 speakers
Laundry (B speakers)
Guest Room (B Speakers)