Originally Posted by achenbachwb
I'm wiring a 5.1 surround in our family room on the main floor with a local 5.1 surround amp. I am also installing a whole house audio system that will be located on a rack in my basement. I'm trying to figure out how I can share the surround speakers in my living room when using my whole house audio system. I'm a rookie so please be kind, I'm sure this is basic.
Not basic, but can be done. Depends on your WHA system. NuVo has a "Local Source Interrupt" switch that allows the speakers in a zone to be driven by an amplifier in the room when the NuVo zone is turned off. Turning on the WHA zone switches the speakers to use that...http://www.nuvotechnologies.com/accessories.htm
You need to loop the surround speaker wires to a switch box location that can hold the LSI, on its way back to the WHA system. The local amp is then connected to the LSI as well. A cat5 cable is run from the LSI to the control pad in that zone, which is where the trigger occurs (triggers when the NuVo zone is turned on, otherwise the local source drives the speakers).
I've done this in my bedroom, although the LSI is still sitting in the box as I haven't gotten around to setting up a surround system in there. But I wired it, and placed the ceiling speakers in the 'surround locations' relative to the TV for that purpose (off the head of the bed, which also works well for WHA music, too).
If you are using a different system, an in-wall speaker selector (used in reverse for two sources and one pair of speakers) would work with any setup.http://www.cablestogo.com/product.as...84&cat_id=2235