I have been asked by a friend to put together a multiroom music system for 5 rooms over 2 levels of a semi-detached house. She has given me a budget of 2,700 and it is all up to me. She already has an iMac (as well is iPhone and iPad) and listens to her music from iTunes (ripped CDs) and BBC iPlayer, mainly listening to classical.
I have looked into two platforms: Sonons and AirPlay and have decided to go for AirPlay as it turns out cheaper and she already has Apple hardware.
I will also be using active speakers - for maximum sound quality and lowest box count.
Level 2 has 3 zones, one of which is the room where the iMac is. Network on this level will be via powerline ethernet and two AirPort Experesses. In the main room the iMac will feed directly via analog out to a pair of AVI ADM 9RS. The two other zones will be AirPort analog out to Monitor Audio WS100 (small actives).
Level 1 has 2 zones and as it is unfortunately on a separate electricity meter so it cannot use homeplugs and it will have to be served wirelessly. Two AirPorts, analog to Monitor Audio WS100.
Control will obviously be via iPhone/iPad.
All in, it fits inside 2,450.
I will also have to upgrade her software to the latest OS X, iOS and iTunes and – as she is not currently doing it – get her a USB hard drive to Time Machine back-up (another 60 quid).
That’s the plan. Orders placed, most stuff gets delivered this week with the ADMs within two weeks.