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New multi-zone home speakers are already running – But should I use it?

New multi-zone home speakers are already running – But should I use it?

A few months ago, my family moved into a new home, where the previous owner had gone through the effort of setting up a multi-zone home audio system. They left behind an old (now pretty damn) combined receiver / DVD player and a small box for manually selecting speakers / areas to use. These were left in the location where all the speaker wires joined, which is MBR. Shortly after we moved, I disconnected the AV receiver and the speaker selection box and put them in the basement, not sure if I would ever want to use the speakers. First of all, I can’t think of too many scenarios in which I would like to play sound in some of the rooms where they had speakers installed (for example, the bathroom on the main floor). The quality of the speakers they used seems to be a mixed bag (a wall speaker I temporarily removed is called a “Radio Shack”, but I think some / all ceiling speakers might be a better brand) . Also note that they are only connected through the regular speaker (without electricity). But if I thought there was real value in bringing the whole thing back to life, I wouldn’t mind spending money on better speakers later. In terms of cost, I know I’d like to replace the manual and AVR speaker checkbox with something else, and the research I’ve done suggests that I could look for a few hundred dollars for a multiple area. amplifier. It seems that the best approach for an Apple-centric household, such as mine, could involve buying more used AirPort Express units and controlling sound / areas through AirPlay (for example, on an iPhone, iPad, or a HomePod mini). ). But the other reason I think it’s just a bad idea (for my needs, anyway) is that compared to adding a few mini HomePods in more rooms, these speakers / areas would be much more “stupid” than the MiniPods. Using the multi-zone sound of my home, compared to buying a few HomePod minis, means that I don’t get most of the “smart home” benefits that HomePod minis would give me. About the only benefits I can think of if you revive the audio setup for the whole house would be: 1) I could turn up the volume much louder than a HomePod mini (and probably get better sound, although it might require updating the speakers). And I don’t know if I’d ever * want to increase the volume of any speaker louder than the level that a HomePod mini could give good sound (I haven’t received my first HomePod mini yet, so I’m just guessing there). 2) Maybe I shouldn’t * want * to have a bunch of listening microphones (mini HomePods) all over my house. Probably none of us * should * want this, but I think most of you who post on this forum have probably decided that the benefits of a “smarter home” are worth the risks. So, does anyone think I’m missing something and wants to try to convince me that reviving this multi-zone speaker setting for the whole house is a worthwhile endeavor?