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Three systems and expanding. I have my primary two-channel rig in a dedicated room. Then I have a modest HT system in my family room which is primarily movies and occasional background music. Then there's a simple system in the basement for my two children to listen to while they play. My son, age 11, is getting ready to put together a budget system for his room too, mainly from my older gear. Oh, I also have a decent system at my office. Hmmmm, maybe I'm showing signs of a serious problem. ;-)
I would vote for the budget minded systems as opposed to running speakers from the main. Primary reason is the ability to control/manage the music without having to run somewhere to do it. Another reason is that your family has more options to listen to what they want, when they want, where they want. Kids like that, as do Moms and Dads.
Since these are not rooms for serious listening sessions, you could equip them quite decently for not a lot of money. Thanks to Audiogon and ebay, there's a great choice of decent sounding, affordable gear. A plus side is that should a component fail in one system, you can move something from another. Putting together a couple of budget systems might even be a lot of fun.
sounds like we're in same boat.
my office system is a tivoli audio though think of upgrading to something that I can afford to lose solely because i am a cubicle dweller, and anything nicer may develop feet and walk away,
basement system is background listening when we hang out down there, we have a foosball/putting green, etc. down there.
family room is also for background listening/watching t.v. and family room functions, the system in this room comes on when we have dinner.
living room/HT has the decked out room treatment, etc. and my most expensive stuff, however, i have to downsize a bit to make room for a piano.
To answer your question on how to deal with many systems: 17 years of buying/selling upgrading suddenly allows you to accumulate a lot; when, you have no expenses other than car insurance and rent... (no car payment either..)
Single, No Girlfriend (most of the time), Sold Cool Car, bought more stereo gear.
I also had a high end HT and sold off those components and sacrificed to high end inwalls and put that money into my 2 channel system (concentrate on one and limit tweaking on others (power/isolation/footers etc as this small stuff bled me dry).
1- Main Stereo (2 channel) Wilson/Theta/Squeezebox - Master Bedroom
2- HT 5.1 EAD/Niles/Squeezebox - Living Room
3- B&O2500 - Dinning room
4- Panasonic all in one - Garage
5- Office - 4 BlueRoom Minipods/Sherwood Receiver/Paradigm 10" sub attached to my Computer system with two 20.1" LCD monitors
To reduce the cost of other systems in other rooms look at the Squeezebox 2/3 and get it modified (Red Wine or Boulder Audio www.audiocircle.com has both forums) on the analog outputs and then run that into an amp and speakers. This makes for an ultra cheap great front end and your not carting your music all over the house! Stream all your music from one PC in the house... I use a table PC to control both of my Squeezebox on my two main systems.. plus I can take it out to the garage and hook it up to my garage system and have access to my collection there or at the neighbors.
Living room (main system) -- all tube; great for jazz, classical and acoustic music
Family room/kitchen -- vintage solid state (mid-80's tandberg and klipsch)plus tube dac and dvd/cd player; gets the job done for rock (and good enough for movies, for now)
Bedroom -- all tube again (love that glow)
Home office -- mixed bag of spare components and totem dreamcatcher monitors (not bad at all)
I've pared down some *L* oh man, if it was up to me every room would have a system. I'm really irked we don't have a kitchen system but she's being unreasonable. Let's see...
My main system lives in the family room, as does the home theatre thingy. I'm fine with that, we share the room.
I have three kids (12, 13, 15) and they each have their own systems. We need to bring the kids into the fold.
Bedroom system, including a pair of speakers in the bathroom. I like to S/S/S to tunes.
Garage system, a must! I tinker, mod, work on stuff so I have to have my tunes.
Outdoor system, facing the pool. A cold beer or great Merlot, a Cuban cigar, and really loud swimming trunks. Ideal.
Office system. C'mon, you can't work without a high-end system to rock out to. Output would suffer or I'd hafta kill dozens of people.
Basement system is a simple TV and VCR/DVD set-up to keep the kids out of my hair (and let me enjoy my main system).
Traveling system, no man should be without when he's on the road. iPod, speakers, CDP, cans, headphone amp
I have an extra system I was using in my office, but now that I work from home it's gathering dust. I guess I'm at an even dozen. Cars don't count eh? hmmmm.. probably forgot one or two all the same...
I have 2 dedicated rooms with significant equipment, one of which has both home theater and a separate 2 channel rigs. Plus 6 other lesser but still relevant rigs (Workout room, Living Room, Fam room, Study, Bedroom, vacation house). These rooms are pretty much changing constantly, new stuff goes in the dedicated rooms, equipment cascades through the other rooms and something gets either sold or given away.
Three: Split level home with "upstairs" digital based system mostly rega with ensemble speakers and Magnum dynalab tuner and Nak special edition cassette deck 1.
"Downstairs" is (supposed to be) more serious analog LP system. I currently have 3 pairs of speakers I swap in-out on this system. 3rd system also downstairs, quasi-home theatre Toshiba DVD feeding rega pre and 2 power amps, modded spica's in front and modded JBL L-166 in rear for double stereo effect and JBL's serve as "sub"s as well.
I suppose at 6 pairs of speakers in the house I am at my limit. None of this stuff is your SUPER high end $$$. I suppose If I had just ONE system, LP, I could have spent all my money on just that system and possibly had some higher end stuff (4-5K speakers instead of 2K)
Three. Main system in third floor listening room, whole house system with control equipment located in family room, system at my business. All three systems have cd formats, lp, cassette tape, and radio. Do car/suv systems count?
I find it hard being without music for very long. I was told 30 years ago that I'd grow out of this, that all teens get into music for awhile but then loose interest as they grow older.
#1 2ch audio in Living Rm. Same sources available on
#2 Multi Room system, spkrs in Kit, MBR, Bath, Garage and Yard w/ IR from MBR and KP in Kit.
#3 Stand alone for video in Family Room
(12v doesnt count)
#1 is where I want to be. #2 is nice for moving around the house, volume controls in all rooms. #3, dont know why I bothered, nothing on tv or dvd that doesn't insult intelligence other than The History Channel, and WWII wasn't fought in Dobly Digital
I think your family room definitely deserves the system you built for it.
I heard Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood were working on remastering all the audio for every gunshot, bomb blast and artillery shell detonated during WWII into 7.1.
The History Channel and History International will be rockin' then!