Thanks again everyone for all the input... I've neglected this part of our plan and am finally circling back around to it. We have spent the past month dealing with lawyers, leases, brokers, city, etc. -- opening a business is definitely not easy and has taken way longer than we've wanted. We've finally got the keys, are doing our demo/rebuilding as needed, have equipment on the way, etc. It is actually happening!!
Now that we are in the building, we are able to take a closer look, and there are 4 speakers of unknown kind in way up in the ceiling. The ceilings are about 20' (open rafter style), so we don't know exactly what is going on with them. If we are lucky, we can get up and connect wires and see what happens. If we can't recycle them, we're going to go with 4 x monitor/PA speakers similar to what Jinjuku suggested -- something in the $150-200 range. Whatever we have leftover will go towards the receiver...
Which leads me into 2 additional questions:
- We are going to have music powered via an Internet kiosk (46" touchscreen!) that will run all our software, control the user experience, and stream music. We also want to have an iPod hookup as well. To accomplish this, we need a very, very simple 2 channel mixer of some kind. It needs to be a cross between something like this which can be rack/flush mounted and this which is simple but an obvious POS. We are going to have audio cable from computer streaming music into the mixer and then out to the receiver. Users can then use the mixers to pick music or iPod and volume. This keeps receiver out of harms way and locked up. Any suggestions on a mixer?
- This leads to question 2.... the kiosk/computer/mixer/ipod will be 100' or more away from the receiver. Do I have to worry about sending audio that far? I intend for everything to be done via RCA cable (blasphemy I'm sure) -- iPod/computer/mixer are all RCA I guess -- so I need to get that back to the receiver. I see optical is an option but I don't know if a cable exists of that length or if I can convert it? I've also seen RCA injector/baluns that will allow me to send it over Ethernet which is much easier for cabling. Any suggestions on the ideal cable and audio connection to send the music?
@popalock - I agree with not going too big and surviving. Until we get cash flowing, we are cash bleeding. We're getting almost all brand new equipment ($$$$) and paying cash up front. This leaves us with no expensive monthly lease and leaves a shoestring budget for everything else. The equipment is what makes a facility though. Audio is one of the last items.
@Jinjuku - Your points about your gym doing everything wrong is correct -- this is why we are opening our own gym. I am a programmer and have written all the membership software with integrated access control door system, kiosk control center, workout software, etc... We handle all our clients with personal care and only have to pay ourselves, not anyone else. We are going to do this right!
@popalock again -- Pictures will come soon! RIght now, I just have pictures of the keys and of a big empty room.
Thanks again everyone.