I am planning a Sonos System. I’ve read the manuals, FAQ’s and spent hours following threads on this forum. I think I have it worked out, but as the old adage goes “you don’t know what you don’t know”. If I could get some comments, critique, and cautions on the plan it would really be helpful. Thanks
The house is 3200 ftsq. There are 18 sets of speakers. Most are Elan series (8 ohm, 5-75w) in the ceilings with another group planned for the exterior. All the speaker wires are home run to a central equipment room (closet) which has a Cat-6 feed and good ventilation. All the speakers have Russound ALTx2D impedance matching VC’s in the wall (except exterior speakers). Wire runs are 14 gauge. The equipment room is no more that 50ft (as the crow files) from any other place in the house.
I am planning 6 zones. Four zones would use ZP-100’s and would carry 2 to 3 speaker sets. The fifth zone would be a ZP-100 with four speaker sets in which 2 of these are dual voice coil speakers connected to a single ALTx2D (i.e. a 4 ohm load).
The 6th zone is for the exterior speakers. These have Niles non-impedance matching controls and are connected to an ADCOM GFS6 impedance matching switch which in turn is connected to an old Onkyo receiver/amp. This stuff is all existing gear I want to reuse. I plan to feed this zone with a ZP-80 from the analog output set at fixed.
The Home Theatre will be isolated from the Sonos system except for a convenience feed from the ZP-80 optical output to its receiver (also Onkyo TX-SV909PRO vintage 1995). This receiver’s optical input says “44.1 KHz Sampling Rate” and the connector appears to be TOSLINK.
I may also feed the ZP-100’s with analog inputs from some of the other HT components (CD/DVD, Tape, Phono, Cable Box and/or a back feed form the receiver).
I have one Cat-6 feed from a giga-bit switch and can connect the 6 ZP’s in one of the following ways:
1. Daisy Chain from one to the next.
2. Feed to the 1st, connect 3 more to it, and connect the last 2 to one of those 3.
3. Feed directly from the router to a new switch to be located in the equipment room. All 6 ZP’s connect to the switch. I would have to buy this switch.
I plan 3 CR-100’s with charging cradles. One would be in close proximity to the equipment room. The other 2 would be remote. If I have reception problem I can connect a Zone Bridge to a Cat-6 outlet in a remote room.
I haven’t explored the Digital Music side much except that I want to rip my CD’s lossless to one of the computers or set up a media server. Rhapsody seems attractive.
When shopping for the units. I see that Sonos no longer sells the BU-101 bundle but it still seems to be available at Amazon.com. Are there any other places that anyone can recommend to find a good price?