I'm in the middle of a home renovation and need advice on how to proceed with wiring. Right now all the walls are open and all 5 zones were prewired with either wall-mount or in-ceiling 16/2 wires from speakers straight to a central location. The distance at most is about 55 ft. The initial plan was to have an audio control device such as an Aton DLA6 to control the distribution. The audio cables do occasionally cross power cabling, but my electrician and a colleague suggest that the insulation is much improved that interference is rarely an issue. I have read articles about this and if you wish to share thoughts, please let me know. My real question is, I have been reading about Digi5 systems and like the idea of having more granular control and also plugging in additional devices. I have extra CAT6 and audio wiring and am wondering if I should pre-wire for a Digi5 solution as well? Anyone make the transition from a star topology to Digi5? I know the star topology will distribute more wattage which is appealing. I just thought it would be wise to prepare for the "trend" and if later, I wish to invest in a Digi5 solution, my home would be ready. I've seriously looked at sonos solutions, but tough to justify the cost (i also would think hardwire would give better quality/performance although Digi5 would do the same analog-digital conversion, no?) Once the walls are sealed (any day now)...well you know the story! Maybe the Digi5 attracts the geek in me or is it overkill? Takers? Thanks in advance!
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8/15/11 at 6:58am