Originally Posted by hanly2
First thanks for the response. I do however have a few questions. Why would I want to keep the remote in the same place? Doesn't that defeat the purpose?
Because it will never be left where you want it... TV remotes are bad enough - and they don't generally wander from room to room. You will find that you'll probably want "remote control" in each room - eventually.
Those plates are super expensive and my idea of switching to a remote control switch was so that I didn't have to install all the wiring and my wife can just walk around with the remote.
This is why I asked you what "budget" meant in the first post. If $99 per-room is "super expensive", yes, you're going to be carrying one remote around - or you can buy additional DLA4RM remotes for ~$75 each. While the remote(s) could be left in each room - there is an advantage to the fixed location keypads - they're always in the same, known place. Since you'll be using something else for control of the music, having quick/easy access to on/off/volume is handy - especially when the phone rings. Additional RF remotes, though, don't require any wiring - but having a cat5e wire to a keypad location in some/all zones would be useful in the future for any more advanced setup.
Isn't the dla4 part of a wha system?
There's not really a strict definition of what is and isn't a WHA system - but I'd define it as a setup that allows for independent source selection and volume control for >3 zones. But there's nothing wrong with starting with a "multi-room" setup - you can always expand later.
Could I have more then 2 speakers per zone, say if I wanted to combine a zone later and add another one somewhere else with the leftover input?
Depends on the speakers, amp, and selector - the Aton DLA is 4-ohm capable, so it could take two pairs of 8-ohm speakers per "zone". But if you expand beyond 4 zones/rooms, you'll probably want to use the DLA6, or start looking at another solution. If you think you'd do more rooms (meaning 5-6 total) in the foreseeable future, think about buying the DLA6 instead so you can grow into it without having to replace / re-buy stuff.