You're right. That will be a pain if the doorbell or the phone rings. I will have to find the iPhone to turn down the volume on all the zones. I did actually run Cat 6 to each room/zone because I was originally going to use a Nuvo Grand Concerto with their Music Port. Its a really well integrated solution with very nice keypads (if you want). But the total solution, without speakers is over $4,000. It was originally on my wish list. But as you know, I can get a used 12 zone amp with around 60 watts per channel for a couple of hundred dollars and a used connect for well under $300. All my speakers are already installed. I really love distributed music, but at $4,000 - not sure I love it that much. I even looked at BlueNote. Its similar to Sonos, but has higher quality music (lossless, etc). Oohhh, so many choices!! When will I make one???Thanks, glad I'm able to help! Glad you like the integrated temp controls--I have it set to turn fans on at a pretty low temp so it basically turns on whenever my amps are on. It'd be a freaking oven in there otherwise! To answer your additional questions, yes, for the couple rooms that were prewired, I had a homerun cable (4 conductor) from that media cabinet to the VC locations, and then 2 conductor cables running up to the speakers. For the rooms I added, I decided to mimic this to keep it consistent which was a little bit more difficult on the wiring side, but VCs are pretty cheap and give us a lot of flexibility. When my phone or doorbell rings, I can turn things down in my main room very quickly. Beyond that, it makes it possible to utilize a single Sonos Connect (which just give us the ability to adjust master volume for all sources) by tweaking VCs in each room, or just leaving them all the way down--off--when not using that room. Many people suggested staying away from them and maybe I will stop using them in the future, but they're nice for now and I find them very convenient. For you, you're really tied to a WHA controller with an app allowing you to control individual room volume and source since I assume you don't have CAT cable to control locations per room, or a stack of Sonos Connects and a 12ch amp. I considered getting the Monoprice 6 zone kit for a while, but the apps seemed a bit buggy and I didn't want to wire for the wall controls (CAT5). The HTD system was next in line but a little too expensive for me.
I bought a used Connect as well. Buying used has been great. It's amazing how much the used Sonos equipment demands on the open market. There's lots of people out there gobbling it up to expand their systems! I'm sure I'll be doing the same soon (my 3 year old wants music in her room now).