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New Construction Multi Room Advise for 5.1 Receiver, Zone 2 w/Amp and Sonos as one source

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Hello, I am looking for validation and/or advise on my planned setup for my new house which is currently under construction.
The new build is an open concept, ~4000 sq ft over 3 stories (Basement, Main, Second Floor). We will have a 5.1 A/V system on both the main floor living room and basement living room spaces which will be our primary use (Sources: Cable/Apple TV/Radio/Internet Radio/DLNA). Both 5.1 systems will have in-ceiling and in-wall speakers. My secondary purpose will be to play music to multiple rooms when entertaining. I don’t want to go with a whole home audio system (Nuvo/HTD/etc) to have this ability given this is a secondary purpose and the other zones are limited.
To accomplish this :

1) On the main floor, I am planning on connecting Zone 2 of my 5.1 AV Receiver to the Dayton 1240a 12 zone amplifiers which will power the speakers in the Dining Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, and Foyer. Each area would have it’s own impedance matched volume control. The AV Receiver would have a Sonos ZP90 as one of the Analog Input Sources. Then when I would like to stream a source (Radio, Sonos, other) to all speakers on the main floor I would use the AV Receiver Zone1/2 to play the music. The individual speaker controls for the bathroom/foyer/kitchen would allow me to adjust volume by area.
2) On the Main Floor Deck/Patio, I will have a Sonos ZP120 powering the two outdoor speakers.
3) In the basement, the 5.1 AV system will be standalone.
4) On the second floor, I will have a Sonos ZP120 that powers the speakers to the master bedroom and bathroom. All rooms will not be wired at this time, but we will run speaker wire for the future.

Note: I will be running speaker wires and Cat 5e cable to all other rooms for the future.


Please advise if this solution will work for the Main floor and if you have any advise on other considerations.

Cheers,
Greg
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Looks fine, but do the wiring as if you were going to use a whole house system, such that you can in the future. Which means home-run all the speaker wire to one location (wherever you were planning to put the Dayton amp sounds like the place), and run cat5e to (future) keypad locations in each zone as well. If there's not enough room there for all this gear, relocate all of that (Sonos, Dayton) to a better location, and just connect that locale with your main floor AVR with an audio balun over cat5e, or a couple coax lines (RCA connectors).

You'll need a place for the Sonos gear anyway, so you might as well bring the wiring to where it should be, instead of building several islands that have to remain as separate systems in the future.

Pre-wiring is about flexibility and future planning. You want as many options open as possible, while keeping the cost within reason. And since wire is cheap, that can be a lot of wire!

Jeff
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Thanks Jeff, we will be pre-wiring for whole home audio and running the wire to the same control room on the main floor (dayton Amp, Sonos, switch, router, NAS Server etc). My concern was how to connect the Dayton Amp to the AVR receiver as the cable length will be ~ 30' and I didn't want to introduce sound delay. Could you expand on how to "connect that locale with your main floor AVR with an audio balun over cat5e"?
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Originally Posted by gregkmitchell View Post

My concern was how to connect the Dayton Amp to the AVR receiver as the cable length will be ~ 30' and I didn't want to introduce sound delay. Could you expand on how to "connect that locale with your main floor AVR with an audio balun over cat5e"?

Electrical signals run at essentially the speed of light. 30' will have no delay.

You can carry analog audio signals using either a pair of coax cables (essentially a long RCA cable), or you can buy a "balun" to convert and use a Cat5e cable instead. MuxLab makes a bunch of these:

http://www.muxlab.com/products/ve_avd_stereo_hifi_balun.html


Jeff
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