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Old 2009-10-13, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by PerMil View Post
Sara, you are absolutely right. It keeps the clutter in the basement. It'll keep the main floor neat and tidy and no wires sticking out. It is more of preference than anything else.
There are other reasons. For example, to pipe audio all over the house, you can install ceiling speakers in all the rooms you want (say the kitchen, bedrooms, living room) and send all the wires to the basement, where you keep the amp and any distribution and switching equipment. Otherwise, you've got an amp in the kitchen, an amp in the bedroom, plus then you have to figure out how to wire your audio source into all those amps.

I helped my parents put together a set of speakers on the first floor, piped into a computer in the basement which would play MP3s if they wanted, plus it was connected to the phone line through a modem. It would announce the name or number of whoever called using the caller ID information. They loved that feature.
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