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So we will be building our home, the builder gave us an option where he prewired the whole home for speakers. We can have him install all the speakers for a low fee ($100). We will need to provide all the equipments to do so. So far this is what I picked out, but still have no clue of what amp or controller I'll need.

There will be 4 zone inside and 1 zone for outdoor.

This will not be a surround sound build, but more for music and such.

I'll get the Yamaha NS-IC600 (probably 8 speakers).
I'll get a pair of Polk RC85i for the living room.
and something for the outdoor set.

What equipment do I need to buy to power them? where can I get them?
 

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I don't know why anybody would go Sonos (or other wireless) for new construction.

If I were building new I'd still wire up all the speakers and homerun back to my wiring closet. I agree on wall keypads being old-school now, but I'd be tempted to wire up everything anyway.
 

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I don't know why anybody would go Sonos (or other wireless) for new construction.

If I were building new I'd still wire up all the speakers and homerun back to my wiring closet. I agree on wall keypads being old-school now, but I'd be tempted to wire up everything anyway.
Sonos (and other "wireless" systems) and hard-wired aren't mutually exclusive terms. I think the scenario both impmonkey and XJBaylor were implying is to still hard-wire ceiling speakers to a central location (however, no volume controls), and install them to several Sonos Connect Amp units. Control would be "wireless" via phone/tablet.

A perfectly reasonable way to go for new construction, IMO.

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looks like Sonos is out of my price range. We are on a tight budget so trying to get it as low as we could.

For the controller, do I need to get an amp to power what I have listed? I saw that the HTD has a gateway module to connects it to the home wifi. It should work similar right?
 

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As low as you could?

Install impedance matching volume controls in each zone, use a $50 AVR from Craigslist for driving the speakers, wired in parallel.

Downside - single source plays on all zones at one time.

If you run a category cable to each VC location (to thermostat height - typical height of keypad), and bury it behind drywall, you'll be set to upgrade (if keypads are your thing - most people like control from mobile devices).

When it's time to upgrade, remove the VCs (patch and paint), and install your system of choice.

I used this setup for a couple years, works fine.
 

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I don't know why anybody would go Sonos (or other wireless) for new construction.

If I were building new I'd still wire up all the speakers and homerun back to my wiring closet. I agree on wall keypads being old-school now, but I'd be tempted to wire up everything anyway.
The Sonos components we were referring to (Connect and Connect:Amp) are wired systems. The reason you would use Sonos is to take advantage of their UI, which is fantastic.
 
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