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#1 of 12 Tim Hess

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Posted March 25 2007 - 04:35 AM

I'm looking for a no frills 5.1/DTS Dual-zone (2nd zone is 2.0) cheap receiver to be used for kids movies/tv/music.

It needs to have component x2, optical x2 at minimum, LFE out, not sure about wattage, but the speakers will be micro bookshelves at the largest (eyeing Orbs Mod2 all around), not sure what the outside speakers are (pre-existing) but they aren't that big.

No need for useless sound fields, though 5-Channel Stereo would be great, I'm fine with re-furb units as well, it just has to be cheap (Under $300, if not lower), but not garbage =D as the speakers/receiver do need to fill a large amount of space (three adjacent spaces/rooms off the living room).

Living room where speakers/receiver will go (kitchen/DR are off/open to this room:


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Posted March 25 2007 - 10:34 AM


Component, optical, LFE, no problem. Just about anything in that price range will have it. You’re probably going to be hard pressed to find a multi-zone at that price, though.

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Posted March 25 2007 - 10:41 AM

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Component, optical, LFE, no problem. Just about anything in that price range will have it. You’re probably going to be hard pressed to find a multi-zone at that price, though.

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I'm not looking to have them play at the same time, just A/B.

I found this: http://www.accessori...item/ONKTXSR503

Seems to fit my needs, in the running as I have not found anything else!

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Posted March 25 2007 - 10:49 AM


Hmm... The multi-zone function isn’t jumping out at me... What is your goal for that anyway? Powered by the receiver? Separate amplification?

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Posted March 25 2007 - 11:52 AM

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Hmm... The multi-zone function isn’t jumping out at me... What is your goal for that anyway? Powered by the receiver? Separate amplification?

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I'm completely new to Dual Zone functionality =D I would imagine that a DZ would cut power to the 'main 5.1' setup and direct juice for the 2.0; powered but the same receiver? Ultimately, contrary to what I said before, I would like to do the following:

Run the same source to set A and set B

Run just set A or set B, independently of one another.

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Posted March 25 2007 - 12:32 PM


In other words, you want the receiver to power the second speakers. What you need is a 7.1 receiver that will let you re-assign two of the channels for a second zone. Or, a receiver that has A and B connections for the main left and right channels, but that would be less desirable.

Once again, it may be a challenge finding a second-zone receiver in this price range. However, if you have an old receiver lying around collecting dust, you could connect it to the HT receiver via any of the record out jacks, and use it for second zone.

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Posted March 25 2007 - 01:20 PM

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In other words, you want the receiver to power the second speakers. What you need is a 7.1 receiver that will let you re-assign two of the channels for a second zone. Or, a receiver that has A and B connections for the main left and right channels, but that would be less desirable.

Once again, it may be a challenge finding a second-zone receiver in this price range. However, if you have an old receiver lying around collecting dust, you could connect it to the HT receiver via any of the record out jacks, and use it for second zone.

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I just dug up a post from another forum that had this same solution (7.1) but did not list any models. I could boost up the dollar amount and hopefully nab one for decent price. Any suggestions?

Sadly, no old A/V kicking around (anymore).

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Posted March 25 2007 - 02:14 PM

Check ecost.com for the Denon 886. $244 for a "recertified" unit. Should be more receiver than you need. Excellent price for a fine receiver. There are several other Denon authorized refurb sellers which may have other models to choose from that fit your needs. Check their web site under "on-line dealers" for a who's who.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
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#9 of 12 Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted March 25 2007 - 02:45 PM


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Check ecost.com for the Denon 886. $244 for a "recertified" unit. Should be more receiver than you need. Excellent price for a fine receiver. There are several other Denon authorized refurb sellers which may have other models to choose from that fit your needs. Check their web site under "on-line dealers" for a who's who.
Good call there, gene! Tim, I checked the 886 manual, and it looks like this one meets all your needs.

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Posted March 26 2007 - 01:08 AM

Thanks, gene c, Wayne - you guys were very helpful!

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Posted March 26 2007 - 02:12 PM

I'm curious if there are any alternatives? Onkyo, HK, Yamaha, etc. that offer the same functionality? I wanted to do a bit more research, but I am not sure what this feature could be called other than powered Zone 2?

Any suggestions or additional models that you might now about?

Thanks again!

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Posted March 26 2007 - 03:07 PM

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Any suggestions or additional models that you might now about?
The only other one I found with Zone 2 is the Sony DG800. It can be found new from j&r.com, and a couple of others, for less than $300. But I'd still go with a Denon refurb. There are also a couple of lesser Denons, the 687 and 787, that can be had as refurbs. Didn't find anything from Onkyo, Yamaha, H/K, etc.
"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
Also have  MB Quart Vera VS05 +.....too much to list. Help me.
 
 

 



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