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Post 1 made on Sunday July 29, 2007 at 18:49
Lurking Member
July 2007
Thanks in advance for replying, We are building a house with 17 zones for audio and 2 sub zones. we need to add intercom, three area's need surround sound system and we have to equip home theater.internet etc.
we have been advised to use russound sound system and rti remote's.
total area of the house is 11000 sq feet.

What advise can you professionals give.
What should be my reasonable budget, for prewire or total instal.
Post 2 made on Sunday July 29, 2007 at 23:51
Super Member
April 2004
budget - hard to say without prints BUT
17 zones audio - depending on speaker selection about $40,000. I'd rack all gear.

surround sound setups depending on equipment and video selection. I'd rack all gear - allow $18k each but this isnt for actual theater rooms requiring engineering, sound attentuation devices, seating, calibration, etc. Need more info though

for the theater room, again, depending on hardware chosen and seating, I'd allow $60,000 for gear, calibration, mid level seating, engineering. Doesn't get actual wall treatments like columns, star ceilings, etc. Add another $40-50K for this.

Networking allow $2,500 for hardware and setup BUT this will not include any jacks

I'd budget, based on my above numbers, $200,000 to do your job.

Bet you had alot less in mind huh?

Be forewarned, you'll ALWAYS be able to find someone cheaper but won't always be happy with the end result.

When shopping for a contractor remember you get to choose 2 of the following: Price, quality, service. Want cheap then you pick either poor quality or poor service. Want hi quality and service - forget cheap.

Higher costs sting much less than poor quality.

Last edited by oex on July 29, 2007 23:58.
Diplomacy is the art of saying hire a pro without actually saying hire a pro
Post 3 made on Wednesday August 8, 2007 at 18:39
Loyal Member
February 2002
russound in an 11k sqft house.... thats like buying a stove at kmart for that house.....

find a real pro...

id say 200k is a good start but could see as much as 300k to do it right...
Ed will be known as the Tiger Woods of the integration business, followed closely with the renaming of his company to "Hotties A/V". The tag line will be "We like big racks and tight holes"...
Post 4 made on Thursday August 9, 2007 at 17:39
Super Member
April 2004
i wonder what ever happened to this guy?

sticker shock maybe? Thought that it should be $30,000
Diplomacy is the art of saying hire a pro without actually saying hire a pro

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