Originally Posted by drriddhish
sorry to reopen the thread
I was wondering If I used speaker selector like this with remote (harmony ultimate) instead of htd system with amp, how well it would work.
I am likely to use only one zone at times, rarely 2 zones at times. I read somewhere that Zone 2 out put to OSD ATM-7 is not recommended solution, is that correct?
I won't comment on the device you linked, as I haven't used it, but I will provide a general comment re: your plan.
With DA you really have 3 viable options:
- Control system with Matrixing amp
- Volume controls in each zone
Any option that doesn't fall into those categories is likely going to end up being a waste of money, as many science experiment type systems are. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but I bet it is true 99% of the time.
You are trying to save money, and everyone on this site understands that, but I think there is a false economy that is luring you in. A collection of cheap components, each claiming to do a certain function well, are not guaranteed to work together to create a fuctional system. That is why the devices that do work well (control systems, Sonos, etc.) cost a lot, they are throughly developed solutions, not just components.
My recommendation, if you are trying to save money, is to have a professional wire the house for a home run system with VC's in each zone. I'm not a fan of VC based systems, but at least it will be functional. The cost of the wiring will run more than the basic components, but it will be well worth it in the long run.
Next, purchase impedance matching VC's for each room, a good amp (2-channel or multi-channel, your choice) and a Sonos Connect.
Again, while this isn't an ideal system in my mind it will give you functionality, reliability and relative ease of use. It will also be upgradeable/expandable as needs and budget change.
You could decide that you are using the patio daily, and choose to purchase a Connect:Amp down the road dedicated to the patio.
Best of luck, just don't overthink it. The solutions are out there, if you feel like a pioneer you are probably hacking your way down the wrong path.