Originally Posted by Tpearson02
Ya i think you did exactly what im looking for i think all ill need for now is the 12 channel amp to run all the speakers from and then connect that to an onkyo or denon reciever which ever i end up on but those zoneplayer 90's look like a possible upgrade later since right now all i want is the same source throughout my whole house.
Im guessibg you have all the speakers wired to the amp as different channels and then have 6 zoneplayers as 6 different source/ zones all connected to the source inputs on ur amp?
What in ceiling speakers are you using?
Thanks again i figured all i really needed was a large amp but just wasent sure which to purchase and if it would work correctly.
I've said this a couple of times...
If you go with a monolithic distribution amplifier (like the 12-channel models you're considering), or a set of stereo amplifiers run in daisy-chain (identical in capability to the monolith, just more boxes), you can absolutely do your "run everything to the media cabinet", but do realize that every speaker in the entire system will play the same signal, all the time. You will need volume controls for each set of speakers, or else they will ALL ALWAYS be on, ALWAYS at the same volume. You also must remember that excepting a few VERY expensive pre-amplifiers, no receiver will convert audio from a digital input (like HDMI) to analog for the secondary/tertiary/etc zones.
The price on that Dayton has nearly doubled over what I recall it costing, I wasn't aware of that - I wouldn't pay $100 for that component; you can purchase a full receiver for that. Alternately you can purchase a stereo amplifier and drive numerous speakers from it, again in-line with the monolith concept. For example the AudioSource AMP210 (again, it can be whatever brand you want) - it will drive two pairs of stereo speakers with no problem, and if you understand series/parallel wiring and can deal with the power loss, you can probably get another two pairs of stereo speakers on there with no problem (again, without knowing more about your specific application, it's hard to say how much power you need, or what speakers are suitable).
Look at something like the AudioSource AMP1200 (you can pick any brand you want - Sherbourne, Rotel, Russound, Parasound, Niles, etc), which would drive 12x40 or 6x80, you will connect a single stereo input from whatever source (receiver's aux zone output, for example), and then connect in-line volume controls between the amplifier terminals and the speakers. You can run stereo in every area, but all areas will monitor the same source. Also remember to use CL2 rated wiring if you're going in-wall (or whatever your local building/electrical codes require).
If you went with something like the AirPlay/Apple system, or a less proprietary solution (WD TV Live for example), you would be able to monitor different sources per area, but you have to provide both speakers and amplification. You can buy active speakers for less than the price of that Dayton and a pair of speakers - look at M-Audio, Audio Engine, etc.
Also, you don't need the Airport Extreme - you just need a WiFi network. Your pricing is a bit rigid, and doesn't take into account a lot of things (so while you can just order all of this up from Amazon, that's only the first step).
If all of these little details are overly complicated to you, you should consider either doing a substantial amount of reading/self-education, or just hiring someone (like GeekSquad or a local hi-fi installer) to do all of this for you, especially if you're going to be putting speakers in-wall or in-ceiling and running wire across your house. I'm not trying to demean you, I'm just suggesting that if this is beyond your abilities, you should either expand your abilities to be capable of this project or hire someone who knows what they're doing. Just like if you don't know anything about plumbing, you should not try re-plumbing your entire house or installing a full irrigation system as your first project. Crawl before you walk.
If you want every room to be independent, Sonos is probably a starting point, same for AirPlay, but you can get substantially more control and features with equipment from AMX and/or Crestron (overall complexity goes up too).
One other option, depending on your existing equipment and taste, would be BoseLink - it will require all equipment (or at least a large majority of it) to be Bose, but it would be very easy to install and configure, and should accomplish what you want. The downside is the initial buy-in is probably a lot higher than your $2000-$2500 projections (ignoring the price of the Lifestyle system for the main zone, the expansion systems can be up to $1000 a piece - that adds up very quickly across ten areas (but it would be supported)).
See more about that here: http://worldwide.bose.com/axa/en_au/...logy/page.html
I'd also avoid further talk of ebay/special pricing - as per AVS rules and because those prices are not uniform nor consistent - just because person A got a good deal does not mean person B can get the same deal. That said, used equipment is an excellent choice if you are on a budget, but you really need to know what you're buying before you jump into that.