I am trying to find a solution to power the 3 pairs of speakers I have thruout my new house. This includes the Office, Game Room, and the Back Patio. The office and Game Room have Polk RC80i In Ceiling speakers, 8 ohm each that handle 100w/RMS/channel, and the back patio has Polk Atrium 55 which also handle 100w/RMS/channel.
My thinking was to get an amplifier that handles 4 ohms, have it feed off whatever signal it get and send that amplified signal to a Russound SS-4 4 Pair speaker Selector, then off the the 3 pairs of speakers. I would then if I want music in a particular room, or current movie/show on TV, I could simply press the button to have the Russound start piping the signal. What seems nice with this Russound is it will adjust the Ohms so that you never go below the 4 ohm capability of the amp.
Anyone ever done a similiar setup? What did you do? Each room already has a volume control mounted on the wall.
Another idea was to get a 6.1 receiver and use the 6 channels to feed the same signal to all 3 pairs all the time (well it can be turned off when not in use) and use the volume controls to adjust what zone should be on or not.
Samson Servo 170 - Power Amplifier (About $169)
85 watts per channel into 4 ohms
Russound SS-4 4 Pair Speaker Selector (About $99)
MONSTER CABLE SS-4 - 1 x 4 Multi-Speaker Selector $55
(Not sure if this can handle 85watts rms/channel)