My parents are building a new home and they want to have music in almost every room. They have recently learned that the "media" budget of their project will have only $ 8,000 for wiring – switches and sockets, but not TVs or speakers. Expected to buy wall and ceiling mounted speakers from the same supplier.
I encourage them to deploy a HomeKit ecosystem and instead use AirPlay smart devices. I have concerns about those trying to learn complex home theater equipment, liking ceiling-mounted speakers (suggested by their seller), and reaching for hardwired / built-in equipment in the coming years.
They are not movie lovers or hearing aids – they just need a system that works reliably for them. I think it would be more frustrating to learn completely new equipment than to use phones to control the media, which they already do – only on a few bluetooth speakers, not on AirPlay devices at home.
I think there are three paths you could take:
1. ** Traditional: ** Supports from conventional basement hardware, pushing several televisions and several wired, wall / ceiling speakers throughout the house. Wall volume controls in each room.
2. ** Hybrid: ** Media from Apple TVs connected to each TV, pressing conventional wired speakers throughout the home. Both wall-mounted volume controls (speakers) and iPhone controls (source)
3. ** HomeKit: ** Media from Apple TVs connected to each TV, pressing smart speakers (probably a Sonos network) in each room. Everything controlled from the iPhone.
But I don't have a HomeKit ecosystem, so I'm not sure which way is best. If you had this budget to spend for the complete refurbishment of a home's entertainment systems, what would you do? Thanks for the ideas!