Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: West Chester, PA
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Let me describe the existing wiring. This should give some more context.
The house currently has a ChannelVision A-BUS distribution panel in the basement, with a single Chromecast Audio feeding its input. For each of four outputs from that panel, an ethernet cable runs through arcane routes through the walls of the house, each one to a switch box in a separate room, connected to a ChannelVision keypad. Each keypad has two speaker wires running from it, up and over through the wall and ceiling, to the speakers in that room.
The signal quality has never been great, with some hum and other noise. I've tried to eliminate any ground loop issues, but never achieved good quality. Added to that, at some point a discontinuity in one of the ethernet cables happened. No idea where the break is. It's probably easier to run a completely new cable than find the break. And that's what I was considering when it occured to me that maybe a more direct transmittal of signal might be possible.
So that's what I'm currently investigating.
- bluetooth-enabled ceiling speakers? I'd need to run power to them. Possibly repurposing the speaker cable for that, if that isn't inadvisable
- replace the ChannelVision keypad with a bluetooth-enabled keypad with an integrated amp
- something else?
I'm not sure what the range is on Google Home bluetooth transmittal, so that's another potential complication.
In any case, this is why I asked my original question. Is this a fool's errand? Is there a better way to accomplish this I'm not thinking of? Any suggestions welcome.