In my home, I installed a very simple, inexpensive system for "whole house stereo".
bought everything from a national chain store, with the name brand of "Home Tech".
On top of my stereo, I have a 6 zone speaker selector($125). from there to each room I ran 16-4 speaker wire. I put a volume control in each room($50), then 2 conductor from there to the 2 speakers in the room. 16-4 speaker wire is maybe $.18 per foot and does just fine for my needs.
the system is simple to use (even for my wife), was inexpensive and dependable. no expensive replacement parts needed here. (plus I didn't have $1500 for a system)
this isn't what I would "upsell" to a customer...just an alternative for his own home.
[This message has been edited by goodwill (edited 01-05-2005).]