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TypoKnig
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Home Audio Help
My house is wired for surround sound without speakers and I’m currently in talks with a company to install an AVR and about 10 in-ceiling speakers throughout the house. I am nowhere near an audiophile and really just want a system to be able to listen to music and watch sporting events.

Should I just forego the wired speakers and invest in a small Sonos system or should I incorporate the wired speakers into a Sonos system? I like the connectivity of Sonos.

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TigerWise
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re: Home Audio Help
If you want the connectivity of Sonos I’d figure out how many separate zones of audio you need. Buy a connect and some dumb amps for each of those zones


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Thanks. I’ll have 2 zones; one for the living room/kitchen and another for the patio.


Chitown_Badger
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re: Home Audio Help
I'm more of a classic home audio guy because I think you just get better performance out of a quality wired system. And with wifi connected AVRs nowadays, you can do a lot of the same things you can do with a Sonos type system. I just upgraded my AVR and it's got 3 zones, all the video/audio bells and whistles you could want, and it's connected to Alexa so I can change inputs, pause play, adjust volume, search for shows on my fire stick, and skip songs on Amazon music when listening through the system.

It'll definitely be more work/time for you but in the end it might be worth it.


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re: Home Audio Help
You are already wired for speakers, get normal speakers. You will need power wherever you put a sonos speaker. Several HT brands have options to have a portable speakers if needed.

Is there anywhere you need to put a speaker that does not have wiring already in place?


Chitown_Badger
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You are already wired for speakers, get normal speakers.


Worth reiterating. Having it already wired is a huge bonus.


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TigerWise
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re: Home Audio Help
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And with wifi connected AVRs nowadays, you can do a lot of the same things you can do with a Sonos type system. I just upgraded my AVR and it's got 3 zones, all the video/audio bells and whistles you could want, and it's connected to Alexa so I can change inputs, pause play, adjust volume, search for shows on my fire stick, and skip songs on Amazon music when listening through the system.


All of this and it’s almost always cheaper.


Chitown_Badger
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If it wasn't clear in my post i can do all that stuff with voice control.

Also, taking advantage of all those prewired locations with a good speaker will give you a way better HT experience.


Marco Esquandolas
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Yep.


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