Originally Posted by lipi128
Thanks guys for all your help! So I just looked around again and come to find out basically it's only three rooms that have the mounts on the wall for speakers (bedroom, living room, and sitting area). And then all the wires go downstairs from the looks of it. So if that's the case if I just plug in speakers to those mounts it should be connected downstairs? And then I put that sonos connect down there to connect and use all three at once? Or I can get the Aton thing and control each room individually? Sorry if I sound like a newbie but I've never dealt with this stuff until now but what exactly is an avr compared to the sonos and Aton things? Thanks a ton I really appreciate it
To connect three pairs of speakers to any amplifier (an AVR or a Sonos Connect:Amp), you will need an "impedance-matching" device, otherwise you'll damage the amplifier and it will break. for your situation, the cheapest impedance-matching device will be a speaker selector with that function built-in, such as:
And yes, you would place the Sonos "Connect:Amp" in the basement, run its output to the speaker selector, and the three pairs of speakers attach to it. You can choose to turn on/off any of the rooms (zones) at the selector, as long as you're willing to go to the basement to do that.
The Aton unit has an optional RF remote control, so you can make those selections from anywhere in the house instead of going to the basement.
The difference between an AVR and the Sonos unit is a matter of music sources. The Sonos unit has digital library support, Pandora, Internet radio, etc. and is intended to be controlled from a mobile device app. While many AVRs also have these capabilities, the ease of use of the Sonos product makes it a better choice for this application. There is also the P100 / P200 product from NuVo that competes with Sonos - it's very new, though.