gurumaia - what kind of budget are you looking at? for whole house audio as opposed to dedicated audio for TV or DVD. e.g. how much for soundcard, amp and speakers?
I'm note sure, I haven't set a limit yet because I'm not sure how much is enough for an 'okay' system, so I'm researching what's the minimum amount I need to spend to get 7 rooms of audio. From what I've seen, its sounding like this:
The cheapest I've found was about 40 bucks a piece (with shipping to Brazil):http://cgi.ebay.com/Startech-com-ICUSBAUDIO7-Virtual-7-1-USB-Sound-Card-/370287355739?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5636d8a75b#ht_830wt_905
Now it gets problematic because of shipping (and then there's the damn import rates of 60% for electronics in Brazil, for orders above $50 USD):
$89.95 + $79.95 shipping = $169.90. Add the 60% and you get $271
As far as speakers go, I haven't settled on a make or model yet (I've actually no idea which are okay and which are crap. I know the good ones, but they're out of my range). I'm thinking maybe $80 for each speaker? Plus some $25 for shipping, plus 60% that's $168.
Summing up that would be:
Sound cards: 7x40=$280
This amount is definitely higher than my budget, so I'll keep looking for cheaper options. If I can't find any, I'll have to cut down the number of rooms with audio. I don't mind adding rooms after a little while, but I would like to at least install the speakers before I move in, to avoid the hassle of installing them with us living there.
I also wouldn't mind to upgrade the system some time in the future, but I'm not sure if that's practical.
As far as a dedicated system for TV, DVD, BluRay etc, I'll definitely add that some time in the future, but that's something that is more easily done with us living there than it is to install the whole-home system.
No worries, mate! We're talking about the same thing, so it's hardly a hijacking.
Awesome! Can you tell me what kind of equipment are you planning to use on your whole-home solution?
Thanks a lot everyone!