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Whole home audio systems

Looking for some recommendations for some whole home audio solutions. My in laws are building a new house I am I doing all the cabling for the new house.

Sonos is not something they’re looking for at this tome and want at least 6 sets of speakers through the house.


Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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Are you talking about something that integreates with digital devices (similar to SONOS, though I know you don't want SONOS)?
Or are you looking mostly for amplification? If it's the latter, check out Crestron gear. Their older amplifiers (CNAMPX-???)
are still quite good, and some of the models can support up to 8 channels IIRC. Just as important, they sound great, are really
well-built and reliable as heck.

eBay is a good source.

I use two of them for biamping my home audio system.
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I used a 35$ amplifier combined with Chromecast throughout the house.. it works great when driven from a phone tablet or Google home. Will link to the amplifiers later when I'm home.

I use this setup to drive a pair of bookshelf speakers n one room and a pair of ceiling speakers in another. I typically don't have everything on playing all at once but I'm quite certain chromecast allows you to specify groups of devices...
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Look into a cheap 12 channel (or 3x4 channel) amplifier designed for vehicle (12 volt operation). 50-100W per channel. I think they are type D. The sound quality is not as good as a "hifi" amplifier but will be fine for in-ceiling speakers. Then each can be controlled separately with wall volume controls (or more sophisticated with a central app controlled system)

For cabling - which is all you need right now - run a 3x14 AWG from the amplifiers(s) location to a wall box, then 2x14 AWG from that box to the speaker locations. Also run a cat6 into that same wall box "for future potential". The wall box can then be used for a local volume control or just for the connections and covered up with a plate.
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I use Chromecast Audio in 3 locations (kitchen, bathroom, basement). In Google Home software you can setup rooms groups, so when I say "Ok Google, play some Metallica in the house" it plays from everywhere.

The output is dual mode where you can plug a regular 1/8" stereo to RCA cable, or you can use a toslink optical cable. My main system is a HK-3490 with digital inputs so I use a short optical cable from Primecables. It can even streams 24/96 FLAC files, or so I read.
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EEE2 wrote: Run cables. Look at creston, control4, monoprice, etc
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=10761
That Monoprice system is interesting as an "all in one solution" Maybe a little dated on the technology (four years old) Available for $490 US on Monoprice ebay site vs $600 US from them online

Any other similar integrated systems at reasonable price?
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These are the amplifiers I used in conjunction with google chromecasts... The only issue is i the power goes out... When they turn on, there is a bootup sound, and a chinese lady saying "A-U-X Mode with a thick accent"... other than that they have been working flawlessly with the chromecasts, controlled by google homes, ipads or phones for the past 4 months... I dont use the bluetooth functionality as I used the Chromecasts instead. You can connect a phone, ipad or google home directly to these amplifiers via bluetooth; however I prefer chromecast since bluetooth has quality/range issues (not necessarily with these amps -- i havent even tried it) and i like the ability to group via google home app...

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B072V5 ... UTF8&psc=1

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