So I am in the midst of building a new home. We have a single Sonos One (which replaced an Echo) in our current place, and we love it. Now, for whole home audio, we want to go with the Sonos ecosystem since its easy for my wife to use (vs having a bunch of various equipment from Denon and others that she will NEVER use). Wife Approval Factor is an absolute must.
Here is my tentative plan. I am a few weeks away from starting pre-wiring. I would really appreciate feedback/comments on what I am doing right vs wrong, and suggestions to improve if possible, before I go and spend thousands of dollars.
Living Room & Dining Room: Each room will have its own Connect:Amp, powering two in-wall speakers per room (so I can have independent control/zones). The amps will be located in the basement server closet rack. I want to do voice control with Alexa, and so I will flush mount an Echo Dot in each Room. Question: Should the Dot be hard wired via line-in back to the Connect:Amp in the server closet, or control via Cloud? I am seeing mixed responses on this.
Home Gym & Office: Each room will have its own Playbar connected to the TV + Echo Dot. Question: Should (Could?) the Dot be hard wired via line-in to the Playbar? Or better to control via Cloud? I want my Playbar to (a) play sound from TV, and (b) Music streaming from Amazon Unlimited, Pandora, etc. Will this work?
Master Bedroom, Home Theater Room & Family Room: Each room will have its own Playbar connected to the TV + Echo Dot + Connect:Amp powering two rear in wall/ceiling speakers + Sonos Sub, for 5.1 Surround. Question: Should the Dot be hard wired via line-in back to the Connect:Amp (again in the server closet), or control via Cloud? Is this setup going to work, both for (a) Surround for my TV, and (b) Streaming Music?
Kitchen & Master Bath: Each will just have a Sonos Play 1, each connected to Echo Dot. I want them on their own zones, but also to be able to connect to entire house for those rare instances we want everything playing at once.
Outside: 4 outside speakers (8ohm) running back to Connect:Amp in the server closet; Echo Dot outside Again, do I need to the Dot via line-in to the Amp? Or use Cloud?
A KEY reason I want to use Dot's all over the place is that I want to use the Drop-In feature (which the Sonos One doesnt have) as a home intercom system. I plan to have additional Dots in all kids bedrooms, laundry room, etc.
Second key reason for the Dot's everywhere is voice control for our Lutron lighting system, home alarm/security system, and HVAC systems, all of which will work with Alexa.
Per my plan above, I would have 6 Connect:Amps centrally located in the basement server room, running audio wires to each zone. Key question overall is how to run the Dots, via line-in, Cloud or combo (if even an option), and whether my intended goals for both TV and Music playback in various areas will work
Much appreciate in advance all feedback!