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#143184 - 07/07/06 07:11 PM Need Sum advice
TweedleyD Offline
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Registered: 03/05/04
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Loc: Columbus,Ohio
Ok hope someone can help or point me into the right Direction i got a Buddy that wants to Wire his house as it is being built so he can run Wire to every room in his House ( have a Speaker in each for Music ) So i have already found that to use Cl3 Speaker wire to run through the walls , that much i already know , so here is my Question for him to listen to all of them at once or jus certain ones when he wants what kind of switcher or electronic device would he b able to use ? he is also gonna run Wire for his Theatre Room too so figure that in, any Idea's

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#143185 - 07/08/06 05:14 PM Re: Need Sum advice [Re: TweedleyD]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
The first question, I think, is whether he is going to want to listen to music around the house at the same time someone is watching movies in the Home Theater. If so, then your friend has two choices :

1. Get a high end receiver for the Home Theater which as "zone 2" support, allowing him to feed 5 channels of audio to the home theater and another 2 channels to "somewhere else". Generally this is unsatisfying because many people want to use all 7 channels for the home theater ("7.1") and so there are no channels left for zone 2.

2. Use a different source (maybe a cheap used receiver plus CD changer) for the music in the house. In this case the second source could be located anywhere and would probably NOT be in the home theater. It's way more convenient to put the music source somewhere close to where you will normally be in the house, eg. living room area.

The next big question is whether your buddy is looking for real high quality music around the house or just "decent" music. The tradeoff is like this -- you can get special speakers designed for placing around the house, which typically have transformers mounted on them which allow you to connect a whole bunch of speakers without overloading your receiver/amplifier. If you want really good sound (ie decent music speakers) they will typically be 8 ohm impedence and connecting a lot of them will either require a special "many channel" amplifier or some "not highly recommended" series-parallel wiring.

Bottom line is (a) so-so speakers, (b) only a small number of speakers, (c) additional amplifier to drive a whole bunch of good speakers.

How many different rooms are we talking about, and is your friend wiring for stereo in each room ?

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#143186 - 07/08/06 09:46 PM Re: Need Sum advice [Re: bridgman]
TweedleyD Offline
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All this right now is just to find out what can b done i know he wants a Theatre Room but who knows on the if an when of that to come about . As to the Idea of him putting it klose to the Source will probably work , will have to find out more about his Reciever though. Also i think he jus wants Decent Music through the house as the music style will b Gospel ( Southern Gospel ETC ) for when Family an Friends over for Parties Cook outs an the Such. i need to get more Info from him but i am thinking he would jus want a Single Speaker in each room not so much as Stereo. Probably the line u could call his Set up when the House is built would b Basic i mean very Basic they only have channels 4,6,10 an a few others that they can get if u get my Drift but he jus wants to get the Wiring in place just in Case , Thanx for your Idea's an any more that u can throw my way

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#143187 - 07/08/06 10:21 PM Re: Need Sum advice [Re: TweedleyD]
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#143188 - 07/09/06 12:13 AM Re: Need Sum advice [Re: TweedleyD]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
If stereo and super high quality is not a factor, my brother in law had a nice "intercom system" installed in their house with speakers all through the house and a combination tuner and CD player at the master console in the kitchen. From there you can play music throughout the house, and it sounds better than you might expect.

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#143189 - 07/09/06 07:19 AM Re: Need Sum advice [Re: bridgman]
TweedleyD Offline
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Loc: Columbus,Ohio
Sounds like something he might b interested in , what was the Brand

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#143190 - 07/09/06 02:37 PM Re: Need Sum advice [Re: TweedleyD]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5256
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
I'll find out. Pretty sure it was Broan or one of the related brands, but will post back in a couple of days.

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#143191 - 07/12/06 02:27 PM Re: Need Sum advice [Re: TweedleyD]
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#143192 - 07/12/06 09:42 PM Re: Need Sum advice [Re: Parrothead]
TweedleyD Offline
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Loc: Columbus,Ohio
Very Nice an TY Sounds like a Cool Gadget

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