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Old 11-21-2019, 01:36 AM
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Let's say it is a bit drafty there at the moment... slab should be poured on Friday.

What we're looking at is from just behind the listening position in our living room, which will be where our stereo/5.1 setup will be. The trench parallel to and about 2/3 from the bottom of the photo is where the far wall with our front speakers and TV will be. The two conduits forming a "V" lead from the rear speakers and converge in a niche which will accommodate most of our gear. They converge about 2 feet behind the wall, at the back of the niche.

The niche will contain the pre-pro, pre-amp, rear speakers' and front center speaker's amps. Like we had in our old house, the front speakers will be powered by Mc MC2301s, which will be on a low rack between the front speakers. Goal is, of course, to have all the wiring contained either in the floor or walls, so a lot of planning has gone into the configuration.

We seek to make it as clean looking as possible and have some flexibility should we switch gear or configurations in the future. I'm hoping the placement of the rear speakers' wire outlets on the floor is reasonably close to where we ultimately place those speakers. It's a bit of crap shoot since it's an open floor plan, (kitchen is behind the listening position). The wiring will also accommodate having our turntable on a rack just to the left of the niche, allowing for albums to be stored below the TT, on the rack.

I do missing having a basement for all the storage, as well as the ease of running wires under the floor whenever we made a configuration change, but living on the coast doesn't give us that flexibility.

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Old 11-21-2019, 01:48 AM
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Paul... Congrats, exciting times ahead!
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:45 AM
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Paul.......Good looking slab rough-in. Don't forget to run a conduit from your WiFi Router location to the stereo rack and television locations for Ethernet cables.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:44 PM
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That's awesome! I'm sure it'll look great once finished. +1 on what Dan said so you're not in a bind trying to run cables after the fact.

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Old 11-21-2019, 08:30 PM
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Thanks guys!

Dan, that audio niche will be placed in our walk in closet, which will have the cabling from AT&T (which has a monopoly on fiber optic cable in the neighborhood), so we'll run that through the wall. The builder outsources to a local securiity company the low voltage and data cabling, and we'll have something like nine such outlets throughout the house. We've had a good experience in meeting and communicating with them about what we want, from the garage door openers to the thermostat to the security etc. etc.

Since 80BJr. works for Google now, we wanted to stick with Google/Nest products and they've been accommodating even though that's not their normal go-to brand.

I definitely welcome any thoughts/ideas as we progress. We'll have a pre-drywall meeting with the builder to finalize/confirm wiring issues. Our setup is out of the ordinary for them - seems that most of their customers who even bother with some sort of hifi usually opt for a Sonos solution.

One visual vs. sonic thing we're going to do is to run a couple circuits about 7 feet above floor level with a lot of slack/loops along the way to accommodate wall-mounted picture lights that we will put above some of Boss-Girl's paintings. At this stage, we don't know where we'll have that lighting, so we'll have the circuits available to tap into once we settle in.
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