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5.1 Multi-Zone Receiver... What should I get?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by PastorChipper, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. PastorChipper

    PastorChipper New Member

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    Love the help in here. I've read a few things, but still not sure what direction to go.
    I am setting up a HT in my living room, very modest. I've got some nice Polk speakers that were given to me for the front and rear, and I still need to get a Sub-woofer.
    I want to get a receiver that will power that and also power my 3 outdoor speakers for music while we are chilling on the patio or the pool.
    And I want to be able to listen to music outside while someone else is watching TV.
    I am trying to keep the receiver under $700, but would like it to be a lot cheaper.
    Thoughts?
     
  2. Dave Upton

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    Most receivers will provide a pre-out for your subwoofer (they won't power a sub as this required hundreds of watts), so your subwoofer needs to have an internal amplifier. You simple connect the subwoofer to this output with a coaxial cable that has an RCA type connector. That said - if you're looking for outside audio (Zone 2 & 3) I'd go for the following:
    http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR3312CI/DENON-AVR-3312CI-7.2-Integrated-Network-A/V-Surround-Receiver/1.html
    The reason I recommend this model is that it has 3 zones which could be necessary for your third and eventually possibly fourth speaker.
     
  3. schan1269

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    Dumb question here...
    Are your 3 speakers...all one channel? Or are they "single stereo speakers"?
    Trying to figure out why there are 3, not 2 or 4.
    An example of a "single stereo speaker"...
    http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio--Ceiling-Stereo-Speaker/dp/B0000WWP4M/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349188636&sr=1-11&keywords=stereo+speaker
     
  4. PastorChipper

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    I've got 2 speakers that are going to the patio, and one that goes out to the pool area.
    What I learned at Best Buy yesterday is that a 2 Zone, 7.1 will only power two outdoor speakers if I use the other 5 outputs for my living room.
    I wanted to use 3, but it sounds like I can only do that with 3 zone, 9.1.
     
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    The "other problem" here...
    2 channels of amplification is not intended to be used in one channel of use...
    Essentially, use 2 or 4. Not 3.
    Even if your "3rd speaker" is in a place where you only want 1...
    http://www.amazon.com/OSD-Audio-AP550TT-Fidelity-White/dp/B001X87QUU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349203290&sr=1-1&keywords=outdoor+single+stereo+speaker (if it isn't obvious enough, this counts as 2 speakers)
    http://www.amazon.com/16AWG-Rated-4-Conductor-Speaker-Cable/dp/B003L11DP6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349203317&sr=1-1&keywords=4+strand+wire
    By the way. I have 25+ years of designing audio systems.
     
  6. schan1269

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    There are ways around that by using pre-outs for the 2nd zone. Then buying a 3 channel amp.
    http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa3 (and yes, this is an extreme example of a 3-channel amp)
     
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    Thanks for the help Sam. Really appreciate the insight.
     
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    By the way, if you REALLY want to have fun with some Best Buy Magnolia "experts"...
    Mention you need a "single source stereo speaker"...
    Speaking of which, I had a guy at one of the BB/M locations looking for some Bi-Amp speaker wire and some 4-strand speaker wire.
    Took him 45 minutes to look for both...:rolleyes:
     

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