Originally Posted by samp81
I was willing to pay $2300 for the SpeakerCraft recommendations for media room and the 2nd zone.
Well, if you are staying with the in-wall family of speakers for the mains, and want to step up a level, I would consider these:http://definitivetech.com/Products/p...id=UIW_RLS_III
I actually own the RLS II model which is the next tier up and am very happy with them. Otherwise you are looking at spending more.
To get it close to your budget.. I would recommend ebay which is where I bought mine brand new:http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Definiti...#ht_2063wt_907
You are looking at $1200 shipped for the mains. The matching surrounds would be these:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Definitive-T...ht_1938wt_1165
The seller is actually the parent company for Deftech and I have ordered several pairs of speaker from him. With these in-ceiling surrounds, you may need to add additional bracing in the ceiling, but your installer should be able to do this.
You are now at $1750 shipped.
I would than add an Epik Legend sub, or a Rythmik FV12. Around $560 or so shipped for either.
We are at about $2300 shipped for all the above.
To save some money in the budget, I would recommend the following:
For the kitchen, these:http://www.accessories4less.com/make...de-Each/1.html
If your patio is enclosed, I would get another pair:http://www.accessories4less.com/make...de-Each/1.html
If the patio is not enclosed, and the speakers may be exposed to the elements, you will need specialty speakers.
They are on a great clearance and Snell is a solid speaker company.
You are also spending a big chunk of your budget on a receiver and an additional amp. Integra is good stuff, but see if you can save some money by looking at Denon or Onkyo (Onkyo makes Integra). You might be able to save quite a bit there.