Niles makes good volume controls for individual room. They aren't what I would call audiophile grade by any stretch--but they are low noise and worth the difference in price from the no-name brand ones. There are a number of good in wall speakers. It's really a matter of budget. ADS and Parasound both are very good and not overly expensive. Triad makes very good in walls, but they are considerably more expensive. I generally recommend class B amplifiers for this application. They run cooler, they're cheaper, and you really aren't going to get the benefits of class A amplification in this application. Wiring: Get good quality 4 strand wiring. Depending on the length of runs and number of runs you could consider Audioquest CV-4 in bulk. If that's too much, there are plenty of other good quality wires out there for about 1/3 the cost or even less. Now there's a new device out on the market, but I can't remember the name of it. I saw it a Red Rose Music. It is basically a CD digital storage (not a juke box, but a hard disk storage). It is scalable. It can be used with different levels of compression--including no compression for the purist. As many as 6 rooms can be listening to different program material from it!! I didn't listen to it, ask the price, or remember the name (a lot of help I am here)--but I definitely remember the concept--and really liked it for whole house audio. Perhaps another Audiogoner will remember--or you can call Red Rose--they'll know what I'm talking about. Another way of multiple controls/sources is to use a receiver with multi-room. It's basically tape loops, but set up in a more intuitive way. Denon makes a few receivers with this--but I don't know how many different sources can be used at one time--I think 3 may be the max. Hope that helps--good luck on the home.
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