Speakers are used in homes primarily for a home theatre system, but they can be set up in multiple rooms as well. A multi-room speaker system is similar to a PA system in which the audio sent to each speaker is coming from one central location or device. Multi-room speakers can be wired to a device such as an amplifier or audio controller.
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Things you need
- Speaker wire
Decide where speakers are going to be installed in each room. A speaker can be mounted on a wall as well as recessed to be more concealed. Unlike with other types of wiring, there is no outlet necessary for speaker wire.
Run the speaker wire from each room to a central location such as a basement. Speaker wire can be wired in a room either through a wall, a floor or a ceiling. Drill holes in which to run the speaker wire through.
Decide on the type of device is going to be used to control as well as power the speakers. An audio controller can have many sets of speakers connected that can be set-up is separate zones. A home audio distribution kit can be found online at the Home Technology Store (see Resources).
Connect each set of speakers to the audio controller. Depending on the model of audio controller, each set of speakers can be set-up with its own zone and controller with a separate keypad.
Connect an input device---such as a receiver, CD player or iPod---to the audio controller. Use RCA cables to connect the devices. Plug one end of the cable into the audio output of the input device and the other end to the audio input on the controller.
Use the keypads to select the input device in which to use to hear the audio. The audio controller has multiple inputs to connect up to three or more devices that can be selected using the keypad.
Tips and warnings
- A recessed speaker provides for a more finished look in a room.
- Label the speaker wire to know which one is running to a particular room.