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The Affordable Solution
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The Party Pad
The Internet Junkie
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The Affordable Solution

If you’re happy keeping the dial set at your favorite satellite radio station, you won’t need a huge, expensive system that can handle multiple audio components. Nor will you need fancy keypads that allow you to scroll through an enormous library of CDs. All you’ll need for a down-and-dirty multiroom audio system is a two-channel audio/video receiver, some basic rotary-style volume controls and in-ceiling speakers. Using speakers rated to handle 85 to 100 watts is more than sufficient for this application, according to Fuelling. “The number of volume controls and speakers you’ll want to have installed depends on the size of your house.” You’ll control the system manually at the receiver.

Approximate cost (including equipment and labor): $5,000 to $6,000

SAMPLE SYSTEM (4-ROOM, SINGLE ZONE)
Two-zone audio/video receiver: Integra DTM-5.9
Impedance matching box: Jamo JSS4-TS
Volume controls (one for each room): Jamo AT-1A
In-ceiling speakers (one pair for each room): Jamo 8.5CS

Read more: Get Into the Groove: 6 Multiroom Audio Systems