I would like some help on grouping zones. I was going to purchase an additional 6 zone/6 source WHA system in the future but I am going to be content with the current 6 zones that I do have. I did pick up a Sonos and Sonos Connect so that adds an additional zone for a total of 7 zones. I attached pics of my floor plan with the way I was thinking about grouping them and wanted to get opinions. I didn't have much time while pre-wiring before drywall went up and missed somethings. I am currently adding wire now that will be hidden by crown molding and plan on doing that soon so I would like to get my wires run correctly while I still have time. My proposed zones were as follows:
Zone 1 & 1a(sonos connect) - Master Bedroom and Master Bath: I was actually thinking about putting the sonos connect here in the walk in closet instead of the media center AV rack so that it would be close enough to the TV that I could input the cable box and be able to play the connect or the TV in these two zones. I will use volume controls in both room so that each pair of speakers can be controlled individually. The master bedroom has 2 8ohm ceiling speakers and the master bath has a 8ohm dvc speaker. These 2 zones would never need to play different content so I didn't see a need in seperating these zones.
Zone 2, 2a & 2b(monoprice wha) - Bedroom 2(kids room which has 2 8ohm ceiling speakers) and I was going to use 2 svc stereo speakers and put one in the bathroom (kids bathroom) and one in the laundry room. I know sound wouldn't be in stereo and wont be great with the single speaker in the bathroom or laundry room but its not that critical of an area for me. I'm just looking for background music only. Since this would be a zone off of the monoprice WHA the only downfall is all three areas would play the same volume with no way to seperate levels(A sonos connect amp would solve this problem
. These 3 zones would never need to play different content and primary use is background music only.
Zone 3(monoprice wha) - Kitchen: This is an open area and can be heard in the dining room as well as the great room.
Zone 4 & 4a(monoprice wha): Patio and front porch. Monoprice WHA zone so speakers would not be able to be controlled individually. There isn't a need to seperate sources from these zones. Each area has 2 8ohm speakers (outdoor speakers in patio & ceiling speakers on front porch)
Zone 5(monoprice wha) - garage - 2 8ohm speakers
Zone 6 & 6a(monoprice wha) - Bedroom 3 & bath 2. This is guest bedroom which never gets used and only bathroom on 2nd floor. Guest bedroom has 2 8ohm speakers and bathroom has dvc single speaker. Both of these areas would play same source
Zone 7(monoprice wha)- bedroom 4 (kids playroom) 2 8ohm ceiling speakers.
The sonos connect would be in zones 1 and 1a and then the sonos would be a source for the other zones as well as plugged into the AVR for the bonus room and 5.1. The questions I have are:
1. Are my zones grouped ok or would you change them around?
2. I would like to be able to play the TV over the in ceiling speakers in Master Bedroom as well as the great room/kitchen area.
3. Am I able to plug the sonos in the WHA as a source and also plug it into my AVR so that I can play it in the bonus room on the 5.1 surround sound and not have to actually create a zone for that area?
4. I'm thinking a few more sonos connects amp could solve the problem of not combining zones or at least being able to have a volume control but by they time I purchase 2 sonos connect amp, I could have easily purchased another monoprice amp and added 6 additional zones!!
Am I missing anything?
Thanks in advance