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Ok, let me preface by saying normally I wouldn't do this sort of thing but my mother emailed me asking for help and naturally left this to the last minute so I'm scrambling to figure out the best way to help her out.


My mom and her husband are currently building a house. The drywall is not yet up but IS going up next week sometime. She wants the ability to listen to music in:

Bathroom/Patio/Garage/Office and Family Room. From what she describes she only cares about audio though I won't discourage people from posting audio AND video solutions.


She wants to know what wiring/cabling she needs.


Yes I know this is literally no time whatsoever...she only emailed me yesterday about this, so it's not like I knew she wanted this and sat on it or anything.



I did some pre-wiring in my own home when it was being built, but I chose not to go the whole house audio route, so I'm not that knowledgeable on this area, never having done research.


I need to know what the bare minimum of what she and her husband need to run. When I setup my home theater, I ran 14 AWG from the speaker locations to the main source. Is it a similar sort of thing here where they'd want to run everything to one central location? I know they have a wire closet(no basement in the house) where the electrical panel as well as where their tv cable and telephone cables run. Would everything run to there and then there would be some kind of source that handles the splitting?


I know these are probably really dumb questions, normally I would do a ton of research but my mom decided it would be better to leave things to the last second. Any help will be GREATLY appreciated!
 

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even with answers, you may not have time to do anything about it. Basic whole house wiring is a pair of 2 conductor speakers cables to each room, then home-run to a central equipment location. You might also consider a CAT5 cable to each room to a wall outlet box for a control unit in each room. They would home-run to the equipment cabinet as well.


one source of DIY whole house audio is http://www.htd.com/whole-house-audio...4Pa38Ta38Qahv0 and this diagram gives you an idea of the wiring they need http://www.htd.com/s.nl/ctype.KB/it....c=5&category=8


14 ga. 2 conductor wire meeting NEC CL2/CL3 specs for in-wall wiring is what you need.
http://www.parts-express.com/wizards...=&srchAttr=144


good luck !
 

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There is a whole forum dedicated to this topic.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=36


There are solutions that cost $1K and there are solutions that cost > 50K.


Many require wiring from from a central point and distribution products like


Russound

Audio Authority

Nuvo ( Love their Grand Concerto)


There are DIY solutions like Charmed Quark, its what I use in 8 different rooms.


There are also cheaper starter solutions like Sonos.
 
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