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Simple amp for whole house audio - recomendations?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by meep, Jul 3, 2002.

  1. meep

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    Hi All,

    First post in Amp forum, please be gentle.....

    I'm considering setting up a simple whole house audio system. I've looked at several self contained solutions which incorporate multi-channel amplification, matrix source switching, remote keypad control etc. Solutions from Kustom, QED etc. all start around £1,000 for my installation requirements and go up from there.

    I've been recently thinking about alternatives. I have a Comfort home automation sytem and have extensive x10 throughout my house. I figure I could program comfort to take signals from cost effective wall mounted X10 rf transmitters (£20 ea.) and convert them to IR commands at my a/v rack via comfort.

    Then, all i would need is an amp per zone. I figure I could get away with a very simple amp. My key features would be;

    1. IR remote control capability (volume, power, source select)
    2. Three inputs (CD, HTPC, FM receiver)
    3. Cheap

    Additional but not essential requirements might be;

    4. A/B speaker selection for control of sub-zones (bedroom/en-suite etc.)
    5. In built receiver
    6. Silver finish

    I'd need four of these amps to start with (one per zone) and could take it from there.

    Could anyone recomend a suitable model. I've done some initial looking on various websites (richersounds, hifibitz etc.) and see amps strating at £79. Would these be suitable? Anything I should be looking out for? Good places to look for bargains?

    Thanks in advance

    Peter
     
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    Do you really need an amp for each zone? I use a very crude system with one amp driving speakers in three rooms. This is only possible because of speaker switching. I suggest you take advantage of this but make sure that switching can be done with your remote control!
     
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    Dood,

    I currently have the set-up you're speaking of - without the remote control.

    The problems with that configuration are;

    1. Restricted to a single source in each zone
    2. restricted to uniform volume in each zone (unless speajer side zone vol controls installed).

    I'm really after something with a little more flexibility.......

    Peter
     

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