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Old 04-19-04, 12:33 PM
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Wiring a home for sound

I will be moving into a house next month (if things work out right), and the home is wired for sound in several places. I am thinking that there are about 10 different locations (indoor and outdoor) that have speaker wires connected to one central location in the home. Each one of these rooms has a volume control knob near a lightswitch.

What kind of equipment do I need to be able to have sound in all of these locations? I think it would be cool to have an MP3 disc on shuffle playing music at all times throughout the house.

If I have multiple receivers, should I just stack them up and use those instead of dishing out money for one expensive unit? And if I went that route, would it be possible to have one DVD player connected to all of them (to have the same music playing through the whole house)?

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What kind of equipment do I need to be able to have sound in all of these locations? I think it would be cool to have an MP3 disc on shuffle playing music at all times throughout the house.
Amps and speakers. Receivers wont do it because generally they only have output for two pair of speakers.

Be very careful how you go about this and hook things up. Trying to drive multiple pairs of speakers to any reasonable volume level can quickly put a serious load on an amplifier. I have actually seen amps catch on fire that are overloaded.

Try this http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=185-026 for a speaker selector.

Here is a tech diagram from the same site

http://www.partsexpress.com/Tech/300-542.html

Good luck.
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Thanks for the info.

From the link you gave me: http://www.partsexpress.com/Tech/300-542.html...

Since those are almost identical to the volume control switches found in each room, would it be okay to just get the Dayton Loudspeaker in-wall speaker distribution center (item# 300-542)?

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The speakers are already installed.
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You could probably get any number of different inwall distribution systems. It is the amp(s) that will make the difference. I personally think that diagram on that tech site is a bit misleading.

I can picture someone connecting a $199 receiver that claims to have several hundred watts of power and trying to drive more than two pairs of speakers at a time. The receiver would melt!

Here is another link that talks about impedance which is the critical issue.

http://www.crutchfieldadvisor.com/IS...oom_power.html


http://www.crutchfieldadvisor.com/IS...html?diagram=d

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