A few questions regarding the wiring of the speakers to a receiver. I have been looking (and looking, and looking...) into how I want to rig up my speakers/sound system for the pool area. I think I know which speakers I am going to get, I just need to figure out how I want to power them.
I think that I want to run them into a receiver inside the house. There are a few options that I am looking at for the receiver. I think if I had my choice, I would run it with SONOS via the SONOS Connect Amp. However, that appears to be a bit too expensive. I thought about one of the receivers that have the wifi included in it, but they too are expensive and I might as well just bite the bullet with the SONOS. Now I am looking at likely just getting a cheaper surround sound receiver (second hand from pawn shop or craigslist) and connecting the chromecast audio to it. I believe that this will give me connection via wifi instead of Bluetooth so that I can stream Pandora etc to my speakers and control everything with smart phone/tablet.
If anything above sounds wrong, please correct me as I am just learning all of this.
It appears that the reverse sides of these surround sound have many, many connections. Since I am not planning on necessarily running the surround sound speakers into it, just the patio speakers, where would I plug the wires running from the speakers into? (i.e. left right, right rear, center, etc.) Is there another place where they need to be plugged into? If I wanted to hook up surround sound in the living room an keep them separate from the patio speakers, would I have to have a "dual channel" receiver to be able to set up a "zone a" and "zone b"? Also, I am planning to add a television on the patio in the next year or so that I would like to have rigged to the same receiver in order to broadcast the audio over those speakers. Is there anything I should keep in mind with what I purchase now with that in mind for the future?
Any idea of how to determine how many watts I need for the receiver in order to properly utilize the speakers?
Sorry for the crazy amount of questions, but every time I think I know what I want, I come up with some other aspect that may change my thoughts on what I need.