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Suggestion for multi-room system ??

by wingnutg144 / November 9, 2009 7:02 AM PST

We recently bought a new house, and I would love to put in a multi-room audio system.

I'm fine with getting dirty and running CAT5 cable through the house, and all that sort of stuff, but I don't need a super fancy system.

I'd rather not do it with wiresless technology, wired is always better.....

What I would like is a system that doesn't require another stereo to be plugged into it. Something that can play CD's/radio, and perhaps internet music to at least 3 different zones, perhaps a max of 4.

Any suggestions?


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Sonos is nice
by Pepe7 / November 9, 2009 11:00 AM PST
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Or multiple Apple Airport Expresses hooked up via ethernet
by minimalist / November 9, 2009 12:41 PM PST

Each Airport Express has a variable line out for streaming audio. You are then free to run it through powered speakers or to a receiver and traditional speakers in each zone. The whole experience (volume, zones, music, playlists, etc) can be controlled from one or more iPod Touchs/iPhones connected to your wireless network. The source material can come from any iTunes library on that same network.

Its similar to a Sonos system but less expensive. Having the system hardwired will keep any interference issues at bay (microwave ovens can really wreak havoc on wireless streaming music).

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