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7.1 volume control in a whole house audio

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We are building a new home on a tight budget and I am trying to get up to speed here on how to wire our home for a future DIY centrally located, home automation and A/V system (moderately priced), even though I will not buy the systems until well after the house is done and we've had time to financially recover.

For the whole house audio system, I will be dropping Cat5e to wall box for volume control in each room that will have speakers. I'm planning on a 7.1 speaker setup in the family room, and I am confused as to what would be the best way to control the volume in that room.

Should I just set the volume for a comfortable level in the family room and adjust all other rooms with their volume controls or should I have individual wall mounted volume control knobs for each channel of the 7.1 speakers in the family room?
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It would be better to have one (or more) stereo amps for the house audio and then one dedicated 7:1 A/V receiver just for the family room TV.

The Cat5 will only allow volume control for a multiple amp audio system (1 amp for each zone) such as from Russound or Nuvo. If you want to go cheaper and run just one amp for the whole house and have all rooms playing the same music then you need to run speaker and amplifier wires (14-16 gauge) to the room wall box volume control in addition to the unused CAT5 (leave the CAT5 for future expansion). In that case you would use impedance matching type volume controls in each room.
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