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# 208816 28-Feb-2017 18:58
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Hi All,


I"m hoping someone on here has some experience with this. Basically I've got this place that has 5 roof speakers between the open flow kitchen, dining and outdoor area. The wiring for such, comes down into the basement where the previous owner has ripped out their amp setup and just left the RCA feeds that go to the speakers.


I was wondering what would be the best way to power these speakers and get a nice WiFi enabled audio streaming from my phone to the amp? I see Sono's have some cool stuff, but I don't see how I could power 5 speakers from their stereo amp? Having the basement far from where the sound is, mean's it's import as much control over the sound is available on a phone/tablet/computer rather than having to trek all the way down.


Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Budget isn't a major issue if the setup sounds nice an works seamlessly with WiFi streaming from phone.





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  # 1727906 28-Feb-2017 19:51
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Chromecasts, and cheap "breeze audio" digital amps off aliexpress is the most flexible way I have found to do my outdoor and poolside speakers. Used some older cheap amps that were low power but crap (they were leipai ones - volume controls all crapped out on them)


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  # 1727993 28-Feb-2017 22:04
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Look for a Yamaha RXV481.


It's a 5 channel AVR, it has WiFi and Bluetooth, interweb radio / Spotify / Pandora / Airplay + the other standard HDMI ports etc etc.


What's more, you can run it as '5 channel stereo' so all your speakers play at the same time.


To top it off, you can set it up as 'Zone B', meaning all speakers will play the same content, but you can (if you wish) have independent volume on 3 speakers, from the other 2... Or you can run them all on the same volume if you choose.


There's an app (two to choose from), or you can run just with Spotify or Airplay.




Make sure your amp is hardwired if possible, but then again I recommend this for all WiFi products... trusting WiFi isn't my bag.


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  # 1728037 1-Mar-2017 06:44
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I've recently bought the Sony DN1070 AV Receiver\Amplifier.


It can do Wireless Multiroom audio as well as 3 zones of wired audio.

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  # 1728276 1-Mar-2017 13:05
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Thanks for all the responses everyone!


Turns out we've actually got 7 speakers so ended up going with:




I've recently bought the Sony DN1070 AV Receiver\Amplifier.


It can do Wireless Multiroom audio as well as 3 zones of wired audio.



It looks like a really nice machine for a reasnoble price!



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