Originally Posted by coberling
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.