Starting to think about a multiroom audio system.
At the moment, I only have a central HTPC running Windows Media Center.
I also want it (or a dedicated NAS) to be the central storage for all my music (all mp3).
Phones in the house are a mix of android and iOS.
My ideal scenario has me controlling the audio via the phones, tablets or laptops (Win7); this could be by them streaming to "clients" in individual zones/rooms or by them directing the central server to do so (or both to allow for more individual streams?).
I should be able to play music to all zones simulataneously or individually.
In order to not be locked into some system (sony, sonos, itunes, ...), I probably want some DLNA solution.
As far as I can tell, setting up multiple DLNA "clients" (one in each zone/room) should allow me to do everything I want (or not?).
I would probably want to either hide these clients in the ceiling or install them in a wall. Each client would probably drive 2+ active speakers (in walls, in the ceiling or connected to a wall plug).
I am ambivalent whether these DLNA clients are ethernet or wifi ... either would probably work for me.
I am happy to go either DIY or buy hardware for this, as long as the price is reasonable.
Considering that these DLNA clients can be relatively "dumb" I would like to not spend more than $50 for each (considering prices for routers, I would actually expect something like this to retail for $20)
I assume that I will need something like 6-10 zones depending on price (living room/dining room, home theatre area, outside, kitchen, guest, office 1, office 2, master bed, master bath, 2nd bath)