Multiroom receivers


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Username: Bobtimus_pryme

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jun-17
Our office is undergoing a renovation. Now I only have some details not all. Each room is having 2 sets of ceiling mounted speakers( don't know brand , etc, but reached out to electrician) 20 speakers in all , dimmer switch as volume control in each room...Id like to have a multiroom receiver set up to accommodate those speakers,. the electrician mentioned a semilocal store, though it hasn't received a lot of google review love, majority of comments that the customers felt they were oversold. I'm sure ill have more details tomorrow, that said are there receivers that are designed for that load or would I be better off with multiple receivers and splitting the work, so to speak....TIA

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

Post Number: 18430
Registered: May-04

Depends on several factors. The level of quality for an office is generally different from the expectations for home audio. Offices and shops tend to deal with background level music and possibly some voice overs for announcements. You will be hard pressed to find a multi-room capable receiver that isn't also set up for multi-speaker surround sound. Make a decision regarding the level of quality and the options you feel best suit the needs of the installation and go from there. Commercial audio companies have been doing multi-channel applications for decades and have developed several options which can all work for any one installation.

You should have a site survey performed by any company you choose to buy from. If actual feet on the ground is impossible - say, the renovation is in progress or you're simply shopping for an estimate, blue prints and other plans can, and should, suffice.

In any case, the home audio receiver would be not much more than a source and master control component with large installations. Most consumer audio receivers have far more features, inputs and outputs and embedded controls than an office install would need or possibly want.

A multi-channel amp will probably be added to carry the load of driving the speakers. How control over source selection and volume levels would be achieved is fairly simple and straight forward once the main components have been selected.

Buying multiple receivers would be your least best option.


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