Here is my dilemma that I've tried to search through this community but I can't find the right answer with my setup. I have 3 ceiling speakers downstairs (2 in living room and 1 in dining room but all three are fairly close to each other in the same level). I also have 3 ceiling speakers upstairs (2 in the master bedroom and 1 in the master bathroom...again pretty close to I don't need these two areas separated).
My first thought (and was my preferred choice) was to create 2 zones with 2 Connect Amps....one zone downstairs with 3 Bose speakers and one zone upstairs with the other 3 speakers. Reading online, it looks like that sound wouldn't be great with this setup but I could be wrong.
After reading that 3 speakers may not work well, is my other option to create 4 zones with 4 Connect Amps (could be pricey here). That would be 2 Family room speakers to 1 Amp. 1 Dining room speaker to 1 Amp. Similar setup upstairs with 2 speakers to 1 Connect amp and then the single Bathroom speaker to 1 Connect Amp. I couldn't really find much information on setting up just one speaker to 1 Connect Amp. Is this a bad thing to do?
Any other options with this type of setup. SHould I just do regular Connects and put them all into a Receiver and go that route?
I appreciate anybody's thoughts or opinions!
Best answer by melvimbe
Regarding the speaker wires labeled and split into 2 wires...that's standard. the two split wires are + and -. So for a stereo speaker there would be two sets of wires (that split into + and -) or what's called a 4 wire speaker line...if it's for a stereo input speaker. I'm finding this very hard to explain.
Maybe ask this way. At the hidden location where the wires come out, how many total wires are there? There should be either 12 or 16. If 12, that would mean that those dining and bathroom speakers are not stereo input. 16 would mean that they are.
The volume control isn't needed, but helpful when you have two different rooms powered by the same amp. Without the switch, the volume is the same in both rooms. You'll like find that no matter what volume level you set, it will be too loud in one room, or two quite in the other. Using a switch means you can raise or lower the volume in one of the rooms without effect the volume in the other.
I probably wouldn't want to use the sony receiver, just because you'd limit your control. But honestly, it all depends on those single speakers you have.