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bought a house fully wired for sound...now what??

by chrisbnc / January 28, 2010 12:58 AM PST

Hi,

I've recently bought a house with bulit in speakers in everyroom. Each
room also has (what i can only assume) is a volumn control knob. All
the wiring for the whole house ends up in a central location.

The problem is the former owner didn't have a wiring diagram or any
specifications on the speakers. I'm no audio expert and am just
looking for a solution where i can pump audio throughout the whole
house from one source. I just have no idea where to start as far as
what equiptment I need to purchase to set this up.

Any feedback you may have to get me going in the right direction would
be great.

Thanks!

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whole house audio
by bearvp / January 28, 2010 3:03 AM PST

There should be a location in the house where all the speaker wire ends are located so you can hook up some sort of speaker selector box. There might already be one built in with the audio system too. That would let you select which rooms or all of them to have audio in at once.

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re: whole house audio
by chrisbnc / January 28, 2010 3:09 AM PST
In reply to: whole house audio

Thanks for the reply...I see all the wires in one place, but just loose, not connect to a selector box or anything.

So all I would need to purchase is a selector? Then I need to hook-up the selector to an AMP? Any recommendations/things I should look for?

Thanks.

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selector box
by bearvp / January 28, 2010 3:35 AM PST
In reply to: re: whole house audio

Yeah, you would need a speaker selector box with enough speaker inputs for however many speaker wire pairs there are. Make sure the speaker selector box lets you select more than 1 'zone' at a time so you can have multiple rooms going at once.

And yes, you will need an amp or receiver to give a signal to the selector box. I'm not that experienced with whole house audio setups, but you just gotta make sure your amp/receiver has enough wattage to power lots of speakers at once through the selector box.

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