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


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#1 of 8 PastorChipper

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Posted October 01 2012 - 11:45 AM

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?

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Posted October 02 2012 - 02:09 AM

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.accessori...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.

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Posted October 02 2012 - 02:36 AM

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.co...=stereo speaker

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Posted October 02 2012 - 06:28 AM

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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Posted October 02 2012 - 06:42 AM

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.co... stereo speaker (if it isn't obvious enough, this counts as 2 speakers) http://www.amazon.co...s=4 strand wire By the way. I have 25+ years of designing audio systems.

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Posted October 02 2012 - 06:48 AM

There are ways around that by using pre-outs for the 2nd zone. Then buying a 3 channel amp. http://shop.emotiva....s/products/xpa3 (and yes, this is an extreme example of a 3-channel amp)

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Posted October 02 2012 - 07:08 AM

Thanks for the help Sam. Really appreciate the insight.

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Posted October 02 2012 - 07:34 AM

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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