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New construction - prewire for music/movies/security cameras

Tara P
6 years ago
last modified: 6 years ago

We are meeting with a low voltage vendor who is contracted by the builder early next week to go over pre-wiring options for the house.


A) we would like to have(in future) couple of in-ceiling speakers in kitchen, media room, lanai, game room and master-bath

B) have the option to install a projector(in future) so we can play movies etc from our laptop or a dedicated personal computer.

C) Install security cameras(in future) around the permeter of the home.

So, the options are as below..........

  • 5.1 surround sound pre-wire(provides for 5 future speakers and 1 subwoofer location, 16 gauge wire) - $350
  • 7.1 surround sound pre-wire(provides for 5 future speakers and 1 subwoofer location, 16 gauge wire) - $430
  • Four-room music pre-wire(provides 4 rooms of stereo pre-wire and future control wire) - $900
  • Universal CCTC Camera pre-wire(supports future camera with power, video and cat5ewire) - $230
  • Digital IP Camera pre-wire(supports a future IP camera with single cat5e wire) - $135
  1. 5.1 vs 7.1 - which one is better?
  2. Universal CCTV or Digital IP Camera pre-wire - which one is better?
  3. The vendor has the option to upgrade from 16 gauge to 14 gauge for an additional $600(on top of the $900). Should we upgrade?

Our budget was $2000 to pre-wire for music/audio/video/camera and it's a 2-storey home with master bedroom downstairs and media and game room upstairs.

Not sure what is a typical budget for pre-wire is but, we'd like to stick to close to $2000 or maybe $3000.

Just concerned that we'd miss something once the house is built and then regret not having it - especially, if it's going to cost higher later or have to tear down the drywall etc.

We have been debating that if we can use bluetooth speakers in individual rooms so the end user can use their phone to play any music they want rather than having in-ceiling speakers at an additional cost. Any thoughts?

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