Originally Posted by IVB /forum/post/0
First thing I noticed is the 7zones. I know the NuVo Concerto & Grand Concerto have 8z capability (6 powered, 2 unpowered); I know the Russound only has 6, but it does have subzone capability in case you want to partner 2 of those zones up.
The next thing to research is your desire to use keypads for control. If so, look at which one has keypads that you like.
Finally, think about whether you'd want to integrate with a PC for control via non-keypads (ie PC or PDA). If so, make sure you get one with an RS232 interface, such as the NuVo or Russound.
Originally Posted by Mike Boulanger /forum/post/0
Check out Russound. I personally use a CAV66. I would probably make the master bath a sub-zone of the master bedroom.
Originally Posted by Glackowitz /forum/post/0
You Mention it was prewired for volume controls, do you even have the capability to use keypads?? most of the systems require a Cat5 phone wire as well as a speaker wire.
If all you have is speaker wire you are now limited to a Nexus audio or Matris audio distribution system
Originally Posted by bdmac97 /forum/post/0
If you're not wired for keypads and want solid control over digital music you should definitely consider a Sonos system.
Originally Posted by IVB /forum/post/0
Agreed. Go look at them online, that could be *huge* WAF. They seem to be very easy to use.
Originally Posted by jsw12 /forum/post/0
I have a similar setup. In-ceiling speakers in 7 rooms with volume controls in the walls, so only speaker wires go to each room. The wires lead back to our family room which is the 7th zone.
I have a Denon 3806 receiver which has 3 zones. Zone 1 is connected to speakers in our family room. I am planning for 5.1 speakers there (don't have them yet) so the channels for speakers 6 and 7 are switched to zone 3. Zone 3 drives 5 of our rooms. I have an Audioplex MS-10 10-speaker switch to split the signal to those rooms. It has switches on it to turn on or off the sound to the rooms and supports up to 10 rooms (Parts Express $ 360). This does impedance matching to allow driving multiple speakers.There are smaller versions for 6 or 8 rooms, but I bought this for future expansion. If you just had a single receiver then you could use the Audioplex speaker switch to distribute it to your entire house.
Denon zone 2 just has preamp outputs, so I have an old amplifier hooked up to drive the speakers. Denon channel 2 goes through a Russound WB-1 transformer to allow driving two sets of speakers. I have my master bedroom and master bath zones connected to this.
I use a Harmony 890 RF remote to control everything. It allows selecting zones, sources, and changing radio stations etc, but is one-way so I cannot specifically see what station I am selecting unless I am in the room. I do have favorite stations programmed into the Denon rcvr, so I can switch between favorites or program them into the remote and use the remote to select them explicitly.The 890 can control the overall volume for each zone and I use the in-wall volume controls to fine-tune sometimes.
I have a Squeezebox hooked up as a streaming audio source with a server in the basement. I use my palm pda with wifi to control the Squeezebox remotely. I can see what is playing on the pda and select songs or internet radio stations by name with it.
Zone 1 is the family room. I can listen to music there or watch tv and listen to the video over the stereo, soon to be 5.1 surround in that room.
Zone 2 is my master bedroom and bathroom. I listen to music up there in the morning, eithe radio or music streamed from the squeezeboz, which contains music from all of the cds that I own.
I use zone 3, which covers rooms on our first floor and basement when entertaining or when I am downstairs and want some music.
This system works ok, but I am always interested in seeing what others have done. The main disadvantage is not being able to see a remote display of the radio stations, but since most of my music is on the Squeezebox which I can access remotely, that gets around that problem.
I have never used a system with keypads, but my system is probably a little more awkward to use than one of those.
Originally Posted by RRichmond /forum/post/0
You may want to consider the Niles ICS system. You are able to use the iRemote to control all of the zones and can of course have more than one. No need to have keypads in the rooms, unless of course you had a cat5 at that location.