I am in the midst of a major home remodel and want to implement a 'whole house' audio system with 3 or 4 zones.
At this point walls are still open but just about ready for installation of insulation and drywall.
I am not looking for high-end 'audiophile' sound quality, but then don't want serious distortion problems either.
After lots of thought and much googling regarding the project, I have tentatively decided on a system with the following features:
1) Inwall (or in-ceiling) speakers and volume controls in every room
2) Internet radio as primary source for each zone. While not committed to any particular hardware, I think Logitech Squeezebox receivers along with SqueezeCenter software running on a Linux server seems like a pretty attractive option.
3) Ability to play output from a 'legacy' stereo system (dat, cd and am/fm tuner) in each zone.
The third feature is the trickiest. Given today's technology, I believe the right approach is to implement an Icecast/Ices server on the existing in-house LAN and use that to stream output from the analog stereo system to the internet radio receivers.
Any comments and/or suggested changes to this plan would be most welcome
Thanks to everyone who responds.