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Forum: Home A/V Distribution   09-25-2013, 12:17 PM
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Posted By Gramin
I'm not too familiar with Lync, though most...

I'm not too familiar with Lync, though most systems have similar functionality. I'm going to suggest Sonos below, it's a bit more expensive, but it's also unbelievably easy to work with.

Let's...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   08-15-2013, 09:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 755
Posted By Gramin
Quote:I want a whole home audio system with at...

Quote:I want a whole home audio system with at least 12 zones (possibly just 6)


Say goodbye to that $5k budget. WHA is not cheap, especially for that many zones. You could create an HTD system...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   08-15-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 384
Posted By Gramin
Call it low voltage or structured wiring... not...

Call it low voltage or structured wiring... not electricals...

First off... get a second quote, and a third. I had my 2,000 sq ft Chicago condo wired for under $3k. This included Cat6 and speaker...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-29-2013, 09:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,356
Posted By Gramin
Quote:We are very simple people. The whole...

Quote:We are very simple people. The whole distributed video thing will simply never be in our plans in all honesty. Same goes for hardwiring for audio. We will never need it. Sonos speakers are...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-29-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,356
Posted By Gramin
+1 to Jautor's comments. DirecTV's whole...

+1 to Jautor's comments.

DirecTV's whole home DVR system should be small enough to fit behind your TV, so you won't need to put them in the rack. But if you do put them on the rack, and depending...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-19-2013, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 645
Posted By Gramin
Agreed with Jautor and Joe, and mostly because...

Agreed with Jautor and Joe, and mostly because of your Control4 request. Control4 is dealer installed only. So, essentially, you're asking someone to use their employers' equipment to install your...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-16-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 413
Posted By Gramin
You're better off doing a new drop. And if...

You're better off doing a new drop. And if you're only going about 30', you might be able to do that yourself. That's actually a very short run that you should be able to accomplish with fish tape....
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-16-2013, 09:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 979
Posted By Gramin
Yes, it sounds like the extenders aren't playing...

Yes, it sounds like the extenders aren't playing nice with one piece of your equipment (most likely the Mac). But, to test it, try connect a DVD/Bluray player to your AVR via the HDMI extenders. See...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-12-2013, 01:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 158
Posted By Gramin
I doubt you can get around that. You want the...

I doubt you can get around that. You want the ability to stream music simultaneously via bluetooth and while plugged in. Not going to happen.

My suggestion... look for a true whole home audio...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-12-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By Gramin
As Jeff said, cheaper to use the provider's...

As Jeff said, cheaper to use the provider's whole home solutions... but, there are limits. I think DTV can only do 4 TVs, maybe 6, on a standard install. The SWM can't handle anymore than that....
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-12-2013, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 634
Posted By Gramin
Skip the 8x8... for the price of one, you can...

Skip the 8x8... for the price of one, you can buy 1 blu ray for each zone. And 1 WD TV Live (or similar) for each zone. I was once considering one, but when weighing the practical uses of it versus...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   07-09-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,825
Posted By Gramin
Sonos and Nuvo are your best options. My...

Sonos and Nuvo are your best options. My preference is Sonos as I don't need/want in wall keypads. But if you want them, look at Nuvo. Coming in behind those two are Russound and HTD.
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   06-17-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,284
Posted By Gramin
You'll add a switch. In fact, you might as well...

You'll add a switch. In fact, you might as well do that now since you're going to max out your router ports. So, as Jautor wrote, take the modem to the router, then the router to the switch, then...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-16-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By Gramin
Yeah, I think that's a bad idea. The more you...

Yeah, I think that's a bad idea. The more you convert a signal, the more likely it gets distorted or just doesn't work. Will it probably work? Yes. But you're better off using a solution designed...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   05-16-2013, 07:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By Gramin
Easiest solution... Get an AVR that can...

Easiest solution...

Get an AVR that can handle multiple simultaneous outputs, like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-3313CI-Networking-Receiver-Capacity/dp/B00829USKS...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-09-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,233
Posted By Gramin
Related to several posts above, I would suggest...

Related to several posts above, I would suggest pushing hard on the builder to let you use a third party. My developer was going to charge $3,000 for 5.1 to my LR and speakers to my three bedrooms....
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   04-09-2013, 07:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,233
Posted By Gramin
Quote:I've not had my "meeting" which is...

Quote:I've not had my "meeting" which is probably just a sales pitch with them yet, but is the cost rolled into your mortgage or paid separately or cash prepaid a portion first, etc? How is it...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   03-02-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 712
Posted By Gramin
Quote:So what plugs into what? Audio and Video...

Quote:So what plugs into what? Audio and Video wise.


On the top left are four source input connections. You'll want to plug in your CD player and any other sources to those connections. If you...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-25-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,631
Posted By Gramin
Quote:So if one is to choose Sonos then there...

Quote:So if one is to choose Sonos then there system is basically a wireless one with the option to hard wire some speakers if one desires? Basically a Sonos system can consist of both wired and...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-22-2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 860
Posted By Gramin
Quote:One of the reason to utilize current...

Quote:One of the reason to utilize current technology is to get the stuff of the wall, wipe away the wall acne.


Sometimes it's easier to walk over to the wall and adjust the volume. I'm not...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-22-2013, 02:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 683
Posted By Gramin
Quote:So what do you guys think and can I get...

Quote:So what do you guys think and can I get this done for less?


Can you get it done by a third party? Not all developers / builders allow this. But if you can, then yes, you can get it done...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-22-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 683
Posted By Gramin
Quote:Those pre-wire prices are on the high...

Quote:Those pre-wire prices are on the high side, but still in the ballpark's I've seen...


Haha... then you'll enjoy this. My developer's cost for wiring for 5.1 in the living room and speakers...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-22-2013, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 860
Posted By Gramin
Quote:What volume controls would one use in the...

Quote:What volume controls would one use in the wall in a Sonos system?


Something like this:...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-22-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 860
Posted By Gramin
Quote:I am looking for flexibility so will...

Quote:I am looking for flexibility so will continue to do my research while others have any suggestions.


As Jeff suggested, definitely look at the Sonos Connect Amp. Most flexible solution out...
Forum: Home A/V Distribution   02-21-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By Gramin
Sonos, NuVo and Russound are your best options....

Sonos, NuVo and Russound are your best options. But given that you have no interest in on-wall controls, I'd suggest Sonos. It can get expensive, as each zone will cost $500 (for the Sonos Connect...
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