Occasional lurker, amateur diy-er, looking for expert advice and honest feedback regarding my next project. Scouring the internet has raised more questions than answers. It doesn't help that there is no good retail review/rating system out there where I can pit some of these components against each other.
New construction (blown-in insulation), large backyard with a shop out back (relevant for network at least)
I met with 3 vendors and narrowed it down to 2.
I've asked for:
- decent HT system in the great room (vaulted ceiling)
- multi-zone audio throughout first floor (kitchen, dining, office, breakfast nook, great room) & outside with some bass (patio, backyard)
- some surveillance
- de-cluter and remotely access (rack)
- good network throughout house/yard/shop
I'd like your feedback on the 2 proposed setups from the 2 vendors, and perhaps in the process you can answer some of my questions:
Q1: vendor 2 is running speaker wire all the way back to the rack, while vendor 1 is going with sonos amps - thoughts?
Q2: vendor 1 claims an Atmos setup, vendor 2 says not really possible and atmos gets thrown around as marketing - thoughts?
Q3: Focal vs B&W... I got to hear the B&Ws and liked them, Focals weren't readily available to demo however Vendor 2 says the ones spec-ed are better than 600s, somewhere between 600s-700s - I know this is highly personal but perhaps someone has some thoughts on this?
Q4: MusicCast? Yay or Nay?
Thanks in advance for taking a look at this and letting me know your opinions.