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    I wired my new house home run to 6 locations with a speaker wire and ceiling mount stereo speaker in each zone (Proficient).
    I dont have a wall mount volume control and I like to use the wires rather than wireless.
    I'll control the system via my phone and/or via a dedicated touch screen by the amplifier.
    What would you recommended I use? Russound? Sonos? Anything else?


      Here many years ago wired a zoned speaker / amplifier configuration. Initially used a Leviton digital Chopin system. Used 4 wires to a centralized area by the server rack. Each zone had a wall box where the 4 wires went to and from there went to the two in wall speakers. I also ran cat5e to each of the wall boxes. With the Leviton system used a device called the AB8SS which was an 8 pair speaker switcher which could be controlled via a serial port, X10 and IR at the time. Thinking the 16 guage speaker wires cost me more than the Cat5E cables at the time.

      Over the years went to a Russound zoned system and installed Russound keypads at each box location. Then installed a Leviton Omni Pro 2 combo security / automation system and Omnitouch screens which could control the Russound zoned audio system. I also connected a micro serial server to the Russound serial port such that Homeseer and the OmniPro 2 panel could control the Russound.

      Sources today are Squeezeplayers and Kodi boxes (same touchscreens with remote control). Note that this is just audio. It's been over 20 years now and not have had any issues.

      - Pete

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