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A/V Setup For House

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We are renovating the inside of our house, new sheetrock walls, ceilings etc. It is not big as we have a 2 family and we live on the second floor so we are on one level. My wife really want speakers in the ceilings(no sure I should do that in the living room for our home theater setup) in the living room, kitchen bedroom and deck outside. Is there an interface where this can all be controlled from a screen that we can mount somewhere like in the kitchen? We might install a wireless setup as well. Is there a program where all this "automation" can be controlled from a computer? Thanks
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Are you planning on surround sound in the living room?
What is your budget?
Are you OK with controlling the system with a smartphone or tablet type of device?

HTD has systems that can be controlled from any device with a browser and access to your existing WiFi network.
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Yes we would like to be able to control system via iPhone/iPad. It would also be nice to have n interface in our kicks although I guess if the pone is always on us that is the interface granted it can control volume , stations etc.

Budget is about $1k. I have the speakers for the deck already. would we use the speakers in the living room that will be part of our surround sound as everyday listening to music speakers too? If so no need to add celing speakers in our living room. I'm a little Confused as to the receiver/amp part of this setup. Would I get any unit or does it need to have specific capabilities? should I just be running regular speaker wire for my systems? I see mention on here of cat5 or 6 cabling. As you can tell I'm a bit clueless here. Not looking for anything fancy....just one zone but the ease of controlling the music from anywhere in he house is key. Any advice on key wires I should run and for what while the ceilings and walls are open would be helpful. Thanks a lot
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I have the same question. I am building a home and have a meeting with the electrical team next week. I am not wanting to put speakers in the kitchen, living room, patio, master bathroom right away but would like to wire the home correctly in anticipation of wanting this down the road. I have a buddy at work that has his set up as you mentioned, he controls the house with his tablet and everything is connected to one receiver in his living room. The guy from work doesn't know how it was set up though since he had it professionally done. For me the only real question is what to wire with. I was given a suggestion of using "multimedia" wiring to keep my options open in the future.
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HTD looks to have some nice options. When I go from receiver to wall with wires should I install some type of plate with connectors? Ty
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Originally Posted by coberling View Post

I have the same question. I am building a home and have a meeting with the electrical team next week. I am not wanting to put speakers in the kitchen, living room, patio, master bathroom right away but would like to wire the home correctly in anticipation of wanting this down the road. I have a buddy at work that has his set up as you mentioned, he controls the house with his tablet and everything is connected to one receiver in his living room. The guy from work doesn't know how it was set up though since he had it professionally done. For me the only real question is what to wire with. I was given a suggestion of using "multimedia" wiring to keep my options open in the future.

If you dig around here on the forum you'll see that it is generally recommended to run multiple runs of coax and cat5/6 and speaker wire while you can. It's much cheaper to do it all at once than to have to fish it in later.

This is a good article and is still referenced her by the more knowledgeable contributors like jautor and neurorad. New House Wiring 101

For my setup I have run cat 5 and speaker wire to all audio zones but I'm using keypads for local zone volume and on/off zone control. My AV receiver is feeding it's Zone 2 into a multichannel amp that then feeds the rest of the audio zones. My AVR allows me to control Zone 2 over IP so it can be controlled by phone/tablet interfaces. Some people just use a multi-channel amp and then use impedance matching volume controls in each zone which would necessitate 4 conductor speaker wire to the volume control and then 2 conductor from the volume control to each speaker in that zone.

There are multiple ways to do it depending on your budget and patience with figuring it all out.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by horsegoer View Post

HTD looks to have some nice options. When I go from receiver to wall with wires should I install some type of plate with connectors? Ty

Many people use banana plug plates for connecting speaker wire. It makes for a cleaner looking install. You can get them at monoprice or other suppliers. If you are going with in-wall or in-celing speakers you would just need a plate at the point where the amp is going to be feeding the signal in. Some prefer to put the equipment in a centralized closet or other area and pull all the speaker wire from the speaker locations back to the equipment point. That gives you more flexibility should you ever decide to rearrange your rooms (you're not locked in to having to have your amp on the wall with the speaker wire plates).
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Good points. Thanks. I guess using a Sonos system eliminates all wires. Basically our 2nd floor where we live(have tenants downstairs...2 family) is like a large apartment so we don't need much. My wife just wants easy flexible controls over the music no matter what room she is in. Thanks
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