Hello - first time poster to the CHA group, I have a feeling I'll be frequenting this group in the future :D
I'm building a home and I'm trying to spec out a whole house media distribution system. Right now I am covering all my bases by hom-run wiring speaker + 2x cat5e to each zone, as well as 2xrg6 + 2xcat6 for video/networking, maybe shielded line level in a few spots, and perhaps some conduit for future-proofing.
I'm focusing on audio distribution for the time being and wanted input on a couple of options I have my eye on - the ChannelPlus MDS-6A & Nuvo Essentia.These systems are pretty similar - 6 source / 6 zone expandable to 12 zone switching amplifiers with source select + volume + IR repeater at the keypad. The primary difference is the MDS-6A has an IR learning keypad for local source control and 40W / channel. The Essentia has 20W / channel, no IR learning keypad, but has a RS-232 interface on the amplifier.. nice for home automation or custom control stuff.
Anyways, the cost is very similar so I'm just looking for input that would guide me one way or the other. Or if anyone has any other recommendations I'm defintely open to them!