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Multi-Room AV

 

  Multi-room is the distribution of music, video (or both) and digital media throughout the different areas in you home. A very broad outline of the options are:
 
1)      Having the same music playing throughout the home, with each area (zone) having its own volume control.
 
2)      Having different music playing in different zones of the house (i.e. jazz in the kitchen, classical in the study and Hip-Hop in the kid's bedroom). Again each zone will have its own volume control.
 
3)       Having different music playing throughout the house as above, but giving each zone total and independent control over the system. i.e. if you are in the kitchen you can switch between radio stations or skip tracks on the CD player or iPod without disturbing someone who is using the system to watch videos in the family room. This can be done via keypads on the wall or a roaming remote control.

 4)      Any of the above, with the added luxury of distributing your video signals (Pay-TV, Blu-ray etc) throughout the house.

 

Suggested Multi-Room Packages.

Over the years this area has been the subject of changing technologies. The distribution of video programs, traditionally more difficult than audio, is becoming easier with the use of modern networked components and advanced control systems such as RTI, Crestron and Savant.

 Audio, which used to be relatively basic, is now opened up by Sonos to be come not just very flexible in how it is implemented, but the availability of music from your own stored library, internet radio and now subscription (sometimes even free) online music libraries is simply huge. Added to that, the control interface is easy to use and can work from your existing Apple or Android touch screen devices.

We've put together a couple of suggested systems for audio using Sonos, but the entire range of individual items they have are explained here. There are many different ways that this type of system can be configured, so it can be tailored to your needs, and easily expanded and added to over time.

Sonos 3 Zone Audio (using an existing sound system)Back to top

This system allows your iTunes music, internet radio or internet based music libraries to be played through your existing stereo or surround system, and then adds two other zones in other rooms. Those other zones can play the same or different music, and can also be enabled to access any of the audio sources that are connected to the existing system - CD, Radio, turntable and so on - subject to the installation and connections being properly executed. It can be controlled via your iPhone/iPad/iTouch, or via Android device, using free apps. There is a dedicated Sonos controller as well which can be purchased as required. Speakers for Zones 2 and 3 can be of a type that suits the room or area - bookshelf, on wall, in-ceiling, outdoor weatherproof, etc.
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  • Items: 2 x Connect:Amp, 1 x Connect, 1 x Bridge, 2 pairs speakers @ $699/pair.
  • Uses existing system's resources and brings unlimited music to it
  • Transfers music wirelessly from one room to another
  • Adds two additional, fully autonomous zones in other rooms
  • Speaker type depends on customer preference, can be varied
  • Easy operation via touch-screen interface, also wireless
  • Play different music in each area or link all zones
  • Price: $3600 plus installation costs. Sonos controller CR200 is optional extra.
RRP $3,600
Sonos 3 Zone (where no existing system is used)Back to top

This suggested system (just one of many possible ones) gives you three rooms or zones, two with fixed speakers and one using the portable Play:5 powered speaker. Once again, your iTunes library can be made available to every zone,as can internet sources like internet radio and online services (Spotify, Rdio, Mog and so on) to give you unlimited music, either free in some cases or for a nominal monthly amount. You can still connect other sources as required - anything connected to one sonos zone becomes available to all the others on demand. Each zone can be playing different music, or zones can be linked to play the same program.
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  • Items: 2 x Connect:Amp, 1 x Play:5, 1 x Bridge, 2 pairs speakers @ $699/pair
  • Needs no existing sound system, just wireless internet via modem/router
  • Transfers music wirelessly from one room to another
  • Three fully autonomous zones or operate as a group
  • Speaker type depends on customer preference, can be varied
  • Easy operation via touch-screen interface, also wireless
  • Price: $3650 plus installation costs. Sonos controller CR200 is optional extra.
RRP $3,650

Len Wallis Audio has been installing Multi-Room A/V systems for 25 years. For example....