I am building a new home and in two weeks I have a meeting with the electrical team to decide what I need. The theater room is on the second floor and comes 5.1 wired. At first I was wanting to change it to 7.1 but after reading up on it the 5.1 will work well for the size room I will have. I'm going to throw in a couple hdmi ports and 4x electrical outlets in the theater room and think I'm all covered there.
The rest of the home is where I need some advice. My focus isn't wiring the entire home but I don't want to regret not taking care of it now while the home is being built.
Here are the other rooms I would like wired for sound, I'm guessing just run cat-52 cable for the other rooms:
1) Game room
3) Family room
4) Master bathroom
My first question is what do I need to plan for with this end goal in mind? Is it pretty standard for builders to understand how to wire the rooms I want or are there some other decisions I need to make besides speaker placement in each room? I don't want to be asked questions on the spot and not know what I want.
My second question is what receiver should I plan on getting to handle everything.
The surround sound system I am using in the theater room is the Energy 5.1 Take Classic. I would like to have 5 hdmi inputs in the receiver and my current one only has 4. It isn't a big deal if I don't need a new receiver to handle everything else. Do I really need a fancy receiver with this basic surround sound system?
My receiver will need to handle:
1) Wiring through whole house
2) 4 or 5 HDMI - xbox, cable, epson 3020 or 5020 projector, computer, spare for laptop/whatever
3) Energy 5.1 surround sound system
If I can get any advice on things to look out for or plan for when building the home from scratch it would be appreciated. It is a one time deal and I want to take advantage of the opportunity.