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- Need advice on whole-house audio --- Please
August 8, 2005, 5:20 pm
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My plans are to connect a speaker selector to my Yamaha receiver in the
Family Room. Supposedly this will send the audio to the speakers
through out my house. When this connection is done or turned on, does
the 6.1 speaker system for the family room cut out? Do I need to
connect the family room speakers to the selector in order for them to
work or will they stay a separate system just connected to the
I hope this makes sense. I am just trying to figure out how all this
works. We had our new house wired for this, but wanted to DIY to save
money. Mesa wanted over $10K to do our media room alone. That may not
sound like much to some of you, but it is more than I can afford or
Also, do speaker selectors amplify the sound or do I need an amp
between the receiver and the selector?
I didn't think I needed an amp (other than the receiver), but the more
I read, the more confused I get. FYI, the sub will be self-powered, and
each room, with a pair of ceiling speakers connected to the selector,
will have its own volume control.
Thanks for your help.
Re: Need advice on whole-house audio --- Please
In all probability the Yamaha combined with a speaker selector will do
what you want. But, I'd need to know which model you have to be sure.
The 6.1 will always be a stand alone system. It should function
independently regardless of what else is connected. And it should not
cut out when other speakers are also selected. Again the model number
Some have whole house capability build in and others just have A/B
speakers which can be used. Whole house models will let you listen to
different things in different rooms simultaniously (DVD in the family
room and the radio in the kitchen for example). With only A/B it's
typically only one source at a time everywhere. (So you'd hear the
movie sound track in the kitchen if you were playing a DVD.)
Power might also be an issue. You're correct that speaker selectors
typically do not amplify the signal - just split it. So the receiver
has to provide all of the power. But, some whole house system rely on
powered speakers or have audio amps build into the switch gear so the
Yamaha just has to relay the source material through the
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