Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




15 posts

Geek


# 60987 6-May-2010 20:41
Send private message

Hi Guys

All the input I received on "how to correctly wire your home" has started to pay off thanks to all your input.

I am now at the stage off wishing to distrubute sound at this stage more around house. Video at a later stage.

By sound I mean LP, CD,I Pod, Internet radio as well as standard AM & FM, possible music server.

The question I  have is does anyone have any possible options I could  use to distrubute sound to 8 zones

throughout house & section.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Regards

Create new topic
152 posts

Master Geek


  # 327570 6-May-2010 22:27
Send private message

There are a couple of options that I have looked at for doing this as well. Either you can go with wired or wireless solutions.

I managed to run speaker wire behind the walls when renovating for 5.1 in the family room and for speakers in the kitchen and sunroom all running back to a central point that will be able to provide sound from a 3 zone reciever. Still painting and have a kitchen to put in before I get to connecting up speakers yet, but at least the wire is there if I need it.

The AV recievers normally can only do a few zones and definately not up to 8 that I have seen anyway.

The other option is to go for a wireless solution. The Sonos looks like a great solution http://www.sonos.com but it depends on your budget. The The Sonos ZonePlayer 90 is where you would have your network connection for internet radio as well as plug your Reciever with LP, IPod etc.

logitech have a similar product which is a bit cheaper.

Would love to put something like the Sonos in but at this stage I have a kitchen to pay for :)


217 posts

Master Geek


  # 327691 7-May-2010 13:32
Send private message

I think it's important to think about several things when you're looking at designing something like this. Most important is how you intend to use the system. If you want one source playing back throughout the house, that's may necessitate a different design than having several independent "zones" in the house.

Where will your music sources be located? Your turntable will feed one amp, which would power two or three sets of speakers at most. If you've got a music server in the basement, you could stream music to multiple different destinations at the same time.

I like the look of the Logitech Squeezebox Duet. It's got a handset for browsing and controlling playback, and a base unit that plugs into the amp and your network. You'd have a Duet in each room, connected to a single-zone stereo amp and speakers.

My understanding is that with the Duet, multiple handsets can control multiple base units. This means you could have each base unit playing different music, or have one song playing synchronously through all the base units. You'd want to check I've got that right before investing in half a dozen Duets though!

The lovely thing about this is that it's scalable and distributed; each room needs a network connection, a Duet, an amp, and some speakers.

The alternative is to have a central amplifier controlling speakers throughout the house. You'll have a hard time finding an amp that can handle eight pairs of speakers, and you'll likely be much more limited in what you can play back to where.

In short, I reckon digital distribution is best, with separate amplifiers wherever you want your speakers.

 
 
 
 




15 posts

Geek


# 328140 9-May-2010 11:58
Send private message

Hi
the thought of the Sonos system is a great one 7 I will have to check this out further.

553 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 329189 11-May-2010 23:58
Send private message


15 posts

Geek


  # 329848 13-May-2010 16:05
Send private message

Hi

Thanks for the lead. & I  will look further.

Has anyone had any experience with Axium?

Thanks

Regards

553 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 330249 14-May-2010 22:59
Send private message

Have had a go with a demo model, was impressed, plenty of features and fairly future proof

Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Major Japanese retailer partners with smart New Zealand technology IMAGR
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:29


Ola pioneers one-time passcode feature to fight rideshare fraud
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:24


Spark Sport new home of NZC matches from 2020
Posted 10-Oct-2019 09:59


Meet Nola, Noel Leeming's new digital employee
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:07


Registrations for Sprout Accelerator open for 2020 season
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:02


Teletrac Navman welcomes AI tech leader Jens Meggers as new President
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:41


Vodafone makes voice of 4G (VoLTE) official
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:36


2degrees Reaches Milestone of 100,000 Broadband Customers
Posted 1-Oct-2019 09:17


Nokia 1 Plus available in New Zealand from 2nd October
Posted 30-Sep-2019 17:46


Ola integrates Apple Pay as payment method in New Zealand
Posted 25-Sep-2019 09:51


Facebook Portal to land in New Zealand
Posted 19-Sep-2019 18:35


Amazon Studios announces New Zealand as location for its upcoming series based on The Lord of the Rings
Posted 18-Sep-2019 17:24


The Warehouse chooses Elasticsearch service
Posted 18-Sep-2019 13:55


Voyager upgrades core network to 100Gbit
Posted 18-Sep-2019 13:52


Streaming service Acorn TV launches in New Zealand with selection with British shows
Posted 18-Sep-2019 08:55



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.