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    Default Help! Controlling outdoor speakers and in-ceiling speakers

    I live in a new house which I got the electrical roughed in (speaker wires at ceiling location) for ceiling speakers around the house as well as a pair for my patio. I also have the wires roughed in for 3 control panels on the walls.

    All speakers wires are sent to the basement where I will hook them all up to a receiver. Then, I have that jumped upstairs to a computer in my kitchen to control the audio output (cds, internet radio, ipod, etc.)

    My question is: What kind of receiver do I need in the basement to power/control all of these speakers??? The patio has 2 speakers and the rest of the house has 5, so 7 in total.

    I have no idea what I am doing other than I got everything roughed in. I bought a set out outdoor JBLs and I got 5 JBLs for the ceiling.

    Thanks!!!!

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    I'm doing a similar setup, I just used a receiver that has the same number of channels as the speakers I put into it.

    Also, you could run a dedicated media box downstairs instead of having the computer in your kitchen. It's easier to just remote into it with a laptop or iPhone and change the song that way, then all the clutter is not seen.
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    I would imagine a nice harmony RF remote would do the trick. You could program buttons to control the computer (through a IR - RF repeater) and the receiver downstairs (again IR/RF).

    If you buy a receiver that allows you to switch zones via remote not the typical A, B, A+B buttons you could control inputs/tracks/volume/zone all from one single remote.

    These remotes can also do home automation and control every DVD player, Blueray Player, CD Player, SAT, Game consol and TV you can imagine.

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    Quick and easy, impedence matching volume controls and a 2channel receiver. Find the sources your looking to connect, iPod dock, cd player etc...
    Is there cat5 run the the volume controls? Get a powered IR kit use the volume control to select songs/sources.

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    Now that you can interface an iPhone with iTunes over your wireless network, and control iTunes from the iPhone, I don't see why you would bother buying a stand-alone home controller. (this also may work with an iPod touch, not sure).

    Get a receiver with multiple zone output (pretty easy, most have an A/B zone selection), hook up your computer to the receiver, and use the iPhone to control the system from anywhere in the house on wireless.
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    Originally posted by 97'Scort
    Now that you can interface an iPhone with iTunes over your wireless network, and control iTunes from the iPhone, I don't see why you would bother buying a stand-alone home controller. (this also may work with an iPod touch, not sure).

    Get a receiver with multiple zone output (pretty easy, most have an A/B zone selection), hook up your computer to the receiver, and use the iPhone to control the system from anywhere in the house on wireless.
    It does with with a Touch as well, plus there's an application called iAmp which will let you control Winamp for the people who don't like iTunes.
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    Originally posted by ecstasy_civic
    Quick and easy, impedence matching volume controls and a 2channel receiver. Find the sources your looking to connect, iPod dock, cd player etc...
    Is there cat5 run the the volume controls? Get a powered IR kit use the volume control to select songs/sources.
    Everything you need. I have some impedance matching Tru Audio controls brand new kicking around if anyone needs some. $50ea

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