I am looking at options for whole home audio. I have a Marantz 7001 AV receiver... yet to be installed, set of Boston Acoustics VR2s, centre, sonance ceiling surrounds, (movie room) 3 pairs paradigm in-ceilings, (kitchen,dining, living), Boston Acoustics A150s (sun room), and 3 pairs of PSD bookshelf (office).
Have 36" Panasonic Tau, to be replaced with 50"-60" LCD when they arrive at reasonable price (1080p). 15" TV in kitchen, looking at Dell 30" or Westinghouse 37" for office monitor, and some others in bedrooms, sunroom, etc.
Have been pouring over everything on the net, joined here ($35membership) coupla days ago, and have looked at Marantz 6 channel amps, channel vision 12-channel, used niles and or Denon 12-channel for sound.
Yet to complete wiring, but have jacketed 2xRg6 + 2xCat5e pulled to two spots in kitchen, 2 in office, front porch, 2 in each upper bedroom. Have been waiting to sort out system before rest. (pulled everything down to the studs for a reno in one half of house so far.... )
I seem to be moving towards Channelvision for 12-channel amp. and 4 in 8 out mixer. Various other pieces from CE labs, channelplus, etc.
Could TWO Marantz ZR6001SP A/V Receivers be used to provide 6 zones of audio ?
(short answer, yes, you can do anything you want.... would ask for considered responses ;-) ... (I could get two of these for about $350 ea, so am looking at that.)
Can this be reasonably interfaced with video and IR control ?
Do the Front, rear, and surrounds in a 7.1 system offer the ability to play stereo
at the same volume etc (ie to run to 3 pairs of ceilings.) ? They do have same output power.
Are there any deals here on AVS for audio power ?
I like the HDMI interfacing .... but dont have a specific need right now with 7001 in hand.
2 RG6 cable runs are not enough !! You'll find that running component video will be enticing and 2 RG6 are just not enough to do it. Have wasted hours looking at HD over Cat5, etc etc. Finally opted for composite (RF mod'd with inputs & computer screens) and coax tv to the kitchen HD under the counter.
Great to see the talent in these forums. Have learned a great deal from you folks.
Have a good one... at some point I'll post some lengthy discussion on home audio and what I have done.
Oh yeah... will be adding Mac Mini, with 500 Gig drives for media serving. Have two macbook pros and a powerbook in use. Looking to pick up the Airport Extreme 802.11n shortly .... and some Air tunes boxes as well for running itunes.
Budget isnt crucial, but is getting tighter. Blew about $6k+ boxing day and see about another $2500 to wrap this up.... connectors, amps etc. ... so dont want to go over $1400 (read Canadian at 85% buying power) for amps and mixers ..
I like NAD, Denon, Niles but a bit torquey in price. Is double the price worth the expenditure on the 12-channel for $350/pr ceiling speakers ? I think I can get by with Channelvision or these 6001s if it makes sense.
Comments, queries and replies most welcome.
Mission, BC, Canada