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I am putting together my whole home audio system and I need some suggestions for a 12 channel amp to power my 6 zones.


Sort of looking at a Dayton or Sherbourn.


Thoughts?
 

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I think I'm going to be running one pair of def tech DI-8Rs, two pairs of def tech DI-6.5rs and two sets of def tech AW550 outdoor speakers.


Really good prices on these unless you guys have any better ideas.


Thanks for your help.
 

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What are you going to control those 12 channels with?


Either of those amps is fine, but you need something to build the rest of the system...
 

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I have a Yamaha a820 and planned on using the zone 2 out. It will be connected to my computer and have access to my music collection.


Leaning toward the sherbourn, seems like a better product.
 

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Do you have volume controls in each of the zones? Neither of those units have readily accessible zone volume controls.
 

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That looks like a fantastic product, but, I don't really want to spend that much on this system just yet.


Thanks so much for the response!


Any thoughts on two way vs three way in ceiling speakers for general two channel listening?
 

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To answer an earlier question that I missed, sorry.


Yes, each room has volume controls, do they need to be impendence matching if I'm using a multichannel amp to power each zone?
 

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Originally Posted by swilliams22  /t/1466798/12-channel-amp-recommendations#post_23167369


To answer an earlier question that I missed, sorry.


Yes, each room has volume controls, do they need to be impendence matching if I'm using a multichannel amp to power each zone?

No, they don't need to be as you're only connecting one speaker to each amp channel.


But with six zones, you really should look at a whole house audio system controller instead of just a multichannel amp. The limitation with individual volume controls is that they are set exactly where you last left them. So the next time you want to turn on one zone, you may have to visit the other five to turn them down/off first. Unless you get into the (ick!) habit of turning all of the controls down to zero when you're done with each zone. Although that is a good idea for any outdoor speakers in these types of setups. You don't want to turn on the system inside late at night only to find out you've been blasting the neighbors later...



At least with your AVR you have the ability to select sources from a mobile device, so that aspect is covered.


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I think that will be the next step in this set up, but I will build it up in the future.


Thanks for the good advice.


I have impendence matching already, but I can return them for a cheaper set up!


Thoughts on speakers at all?


I can get a decent deal on those deftech but I was looking at polk 70-rt set up.
 

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Have you run the wiring already? For not much more money, you could use the mid-level HTD controller/amp and the HTDNet remote app:

http://www.htd.com/Products/mid-level-whole-house-audio/MCA-66-Audio-Controller-Amplifier


If you're running wire now, or by chance already have pre-wired for keypads (cat5e), adding the keypads gives a nice setup.


I'm very happy with the DefTech in-walls and in-ceiling speakers I've got. Great products, especially if you can get a deal on them...


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Yeah, they are wired with just speaker wire.


I'm down with the amp set up for now, I like the idea of clean power to all of the speakers.


Yamaha told me it was best to use a separate amp from zone 2 and that it would eliminate risk of damaging the receiver.


I'm going to run with the deftech setup provided I get the right price.


Thanks for your input, ill update with results.
 

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Originally Posted by swilliams22  /t/1466798/12-channel-amp-recommendations#post_23168139


Yamaha told me it was best to use a separate amp from zone 2 and that it would eliminate risk of damaging the receiver.

That's a function of the impedance (load) on the amp. A proper impedance-matching setup would run just fine from a 2-channel amp. The 12-channel gets you more total power, but you could accomplish the same thing with a large-ish 2-channel external amp.


Not necessarily recommending that path instead of the 12-channel amp, but you should know that the number of standalone WHA controllers (without a built-in amp) is small - so when it comes time to upgrade to a more-capable WHA setup, you're either going to artificially restrict your choices based on that configuration, or you'll be replacing that amp with an integrated WHA solution.



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Good advice.


Right now, I think this set up will work and if it doesn't later on, ill just deal with it then.


Again, thanks for the advice!
 

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Originally Posted by swilliams22  /t/1466798/12-channel-amp-recommendations#post_23167764



Thoughts on speakers at all?

I can get a decent deal on those deftech but I was looking at polk 70-rt set up.

Ive used Polk RC60i/RC80i in many installs and currently have the 900-LS and 620-RT in my house.

The RC80i wins hands down for price/performance in my opinion.
 

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I have a couple of the polks that I left at my rental house for my renters to enjoy.


I'm just looking for something with nice full sound.


Thanks for the advice.
 
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