Alright looking into getting my home sonos friendly.
My current home setup consists of 5 “home run” zones
Use of sonos would be home automation prompts (x arrives, x leaves, mail is here, etc) as well as wanting to have general background music, and have app/pc/mac volume control for each specific zone(currently have in wall volume switch in each zone for individual volume control of that zone and I am perfectly fine with having just manual volume control in each zone)
4 zones(Home Speakers) are home run to a multizone yamaha amplifier which control M.Bath, M, Bed, Dining, Office Room which are able to be turn on/off individually using a speaker selector between the yamaha amp and speakers
ALSO each of the 4 zones have a wall mounted volume control to control each zone individually.
1 zone(Home Theater speakers) is home run to a kenwood surround power amplifier, which is recieving audio signal from Kenwood AV controller, which is recieving audio signal from a DVD player.
My thought originally was going to buy individual sonos speakers for each zone, however would really like to make use of already home run system that works perfectly fine.
So here is my first setup I thought of: I use a sonos connect as the audio source for all 5 zones by connecting sonos to yamaha multizone amp which would relay the signal through all 5 zones through the speaker selector. And the Home Theater speakers i can put a multi-source selector so that i can just flip a switch so home theater can recieve signal from DVD player or sonos. (Ideally would like to have soundbar in future instead)
Pros: useful for home automation prompts, alerts, parties, soft background music
cons: no app/pc/mac volume control of individual zones, however each zone can be turned off manually using already installed in-wall controllers in each zone without affecting other zones.
Second setup: includes replacing yamaha amp with a sonos connect AMP and connecting it to speaker selector switchbox which it would relay to whichever zone i want or all 5 by picking manually. (don’t know if sonos amp can handle multi zones)
pros: clears out bulky yamaha amp, in enclosed area would not need switch fan thus quieter.
cons: not sure of compatibility, could burn out amp, probably not powerful enough
Third setup: includes getting 5 sonos amps. each zone would be wired to its own individual sonos amp. The sonos amp that has home theater speakers hooked up to it would have dvd audio signal sent to it via analog input on sonos amp.
Pros: Gives app/pc/mac control of specific zones AND allows zone set wall controls to stay functional. can setup where would like to recieve home automation prompts, removal of speaker selector switchbox, removal of kenwood surround system amp and yahama amp.
Cos: very expensive
Please let me know if i missed anything, or if there is another setup i could use? I would ideally like most cost effective way to do this, and understand that having multiple sonos amp will really increase the potential of home automation, however I am thinking that the First setup would be the best for my situation. Thoughts?