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Multi room audio help

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by Ryan*D, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. Ryan*D

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    New poster here but long time reader.

    Were setting up a Dedicated Home Theater room. Pictures of the progress will be up soon. The house is studs right now so i would like to wire up for the speakers.

    We want to have audio in the kitchen, great room and outside by the pool.
    so thats 3 zones. Audio all at once or 1 at a time.
    There only for music.

    I would like to have volume controls in all 3 rooms and I'm not sure if I would need a switch to turn the speakers on/off in each room/outside. 2 speakers in each room and outside.

    I'm going to use the Denon avr-4806 for the HT. 7.1 going in.
    I'm new to multi room audio so please forgive me.

    What else do i need to get this to work? Where do i find the volume and on/off switches?
    any other amps?

    thanks for the help
     
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    The easiest way is probably to use a hub to do the distribution and impedance matching switches in the respective locations. I would recommend using a separate amp to drive the other zones.
     
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    what if i got the Denon AVR-5805 insted?
    it says it can do 4 zones.

    it has 3 pre outs.

    how would i use this?


    this reciever is a monster. it's has alot of plugs
     
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    You'll still need/want volume controls in each room. The 5805 can power multiple zones because it has some extra assignable amps. That's a thought, but it's also more money than volume controls and a hub AND a multi-zone or multichannel amp are going to cost you. Then you'll have one hell of a receiver though.
     
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    How many sources, tuner & cd only?
    You can get a 6 channel amp for 3 rooms running it to the volume control and then to the speakers.
    How far will the wire run?
    I had a hard time running to the kitchen....maybe 120 ft from source to speaker(not as the crow flies)
    Sounded fuzzy until I put my McIntosh amp on 2 ohm because of impedence build up.
    Heavy guage wire will also work for over 100 ft too.
    Under 100 generally not a problem
     
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    Sonos seems a fit, and probably cheaper overall than the 5805 (not sure)
     
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    Rotel has also introduced some new amps at CEDIA designed for custom AV installation with gain controls on front (they are rack mountable):

    RKB-250 2x50WPC $550
    RKB-650 6x50WPC $900
    RKB-2100 2x100WPC $800
    RKF-100 Fan Cooling Kit $400
     
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    thanks for the help guys.

    We decided not to run the speakers to the HT equpiment.
    We ran them to the bar. Just going to get a stereo and a amp.

    Thanks again!
     

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