Integrating Sonos with an existing built-in Russound distributed sound system
I've read various forum posts about this sort of issue, but remain a bit confused about the possibilities with my unique setup. (I'm coming from a house where I used Sonos in a conventional sense with multiple Play 3s, an AMP, and Bridge). I bought a new house with a built-in distributed sound system by Russound. It consists of a multi-zone amplifier which feeds 6 zones. Each zone has a wall-mounted controller (on/off, volume and source) with in-ceiling speakers. http://goo.gl/uJuPeJ Currently, I have an Airport Express hooked into the "CD input" on the amp and use an iPhone/iPad/Mac as the music source which is controlled with the Apple Remote iphone app. It works okay, although with this setup, different music cannot be played in different zones. So, first question -- is there a way I can use Sonos technology (?CONNECT and CONNECT:AMP) to give me multi-zone control? And second question: If the above is possible, can I enhance some of the existing zones by adding the free-standing Sonos speakers? Thanks for anyone who took the time to read this all the way to the end!
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In your case your wall controller lets you pick the Connect. So then it becomes how many different musics would you want to play on those speakers at one time. I would think 2-3. So you really only need 2 or 3 Connects. You can name them Sonos A, Sonos B, Sonos C or something so then in the Sonos controller you pick Sonos A and then chose the source from your wall that is Sonos A. If the Russound has names for input you could call them Sonos CD, Sonos Tape, Sonos ? - whatever flags you that the input you pick on wall is that music zone.
Now your thinking .... I would like to have music in my office and it doesn't have built in speakers. No problem. Pickup a Play:1, Play:3, or Play:5. Plug in and now you have another Sonos zone.