Originally Posted by braves1fan77
So do I have to add separate speakers in the living room and master (each have 5.1) to play music through? And I guess even more importantly the mono price would not work for WHA? We tend to crank the volume up on the weekends.
That depends. Both rooms are fed by the Denon? Is your other 5.1 zone fed by the Denon zone 1 preouts, or by another amp the Denon is passing through?
For playing stereo music in my 5.1 zone I just use multi-stereo mode and I get stereo out of the FR,FL,RR,RL speakers to help fill the room. I just today in fact found I can seperately tune the speaker levels for stereo mode vs 5.1 mode. To keep them balanced. If you had some impressive LF,RF speakers I wouldn't bother, as the surrounds probably wouldn't be worth listening to.
I'm not sure how the 2nd 5.1 system fed by the preouts would work.
Now obviously if you want zone 1 and zone 2 to play the same source you've got to pick both of them individually. I have a button on my iRule screens that will expand the current source to my other zone(s). I'd think a big chunk of that contractor price is to do the automation. The iRule is definitely a DIY system, but it's pretty damn cool and customizable if you put the time into it (and use the feedback). It cost me about $200 for the full app and builder with feedbacks and 2 pieces of hardware to control my IR and network devices. Do you really need automated control of each speaker zone though? If not you can hook it all up to a stereo amp with enough power, and just use line level controls at each entrance next to the light switch. You can get a 12 channel amp for about $1K right? 1 of those and you've got 6 rooms covered. And you don't even necessarily need one with IR control. That's a cheap system.
As far as speakers, I can't answer that for you, depends on what you listen to and what your standards are. I'm sticking ceiling speakers in the office for my 3rd zone, she's content with crappy computer speakers so even a monoprice will be a nice upgrade for her.