Hi all, I am new to the forum and also new to home speakers, wiring, and any form of entertainment setups. If if doesn't have the wire with the yellow, white, and red hookup, I am lost. Well sort of. I am pretty good at figuring things out but would like expert advice from veterans here. I am in the building phase of my home, and began researching last week how to DIY. Reason being, I received a quote for 11k from a local media business. I am doing a 5.1 in the living area with a 60" TV. Upstairs in the bonus room I am doing a 5.1 as well. This will be with a Epson 8350 projector. I also want to have 2 speakers in ceiling outside under the patio. And lastly, 2 speakers in kitchen ceiling. The patio and kitchen are only for background music. I ordered 500ft of 14awg cl2 speaker wire. Now the fun of installing begins. I think I know how to do both 5.1 surrounds (tell me where I'm wrong). Pre-wiring would just be running a LF, center, RF, Left rear, and right rear wire to the area I want the in-wall speakers and the end of the wires will come out in the component closet to hook directly in the receiver. I will need 2 receivers (one for upstairs bonus room and one for living area). Then I will prewire the 2 patio speakers and run the end of the wires to the same receiver that my living area 5.1 is hooked up to? The same thing for the 2 kitchen speakers also to the living area receiver that the 5.1 is hooked up to? Is there enough room in the receiver for the 5.1 and also all 4 speakers (kitchen and patio)? How can I watch a game in the living room and play music on the patio? Can I play music on patio and listen to the tv 5.1 in the living room? Can I switch something if I wanted to have to game playing throughout the patio and kitchen and also have it playing on the tv 5.1/TV? Really have a big grey area in my head with the music portion of this. I may have company over watching a football game in the living area. If we are cooking out, how can I get the game to play on the patio speakers and 5.1? Thanks for the help. I have questions about should I install volume controls for the music as well, but we'll tackle that after the first part is clearer.
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7/10/13 at 10:26am