Pre-Wire Your New Home: Plan For The FutureChapter 6: Whole-Home AudioAuthor: David Feller
This is the fifth installment of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning. A new section will be published every few weeks.
Having your tunes in every room is the most requested and usually one of the first things people aspire to add to their home. The problem is there is a wide range of systems available to deliver audio throughout your home, and each one can require a unique wiring setup. It is definitely advisable to decide what you want and spend some time researching.
For the purposes of this very basic introduction, let's categorize the world into four basic system types (yes there are more, and a HUGE number of options within each one but we have to start somewhere): Single Zone with passive room control, Multi Zone Switched matrix with central amplifier (Russound C-series), Multi Zone Switched matrix with distributed amplifier (A-Bus like), and fully integrated home systems. (Don't make too much of the titles, I made them up for simplicity to be able to organize the material). One last point, each has unique features and many options can be added to each type.
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