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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   rock324

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Posted January 08 2013 - 12:44 PM

I'm currently building a house and we are wiring for home audio. I would like 2 in-ceiling speakers in living room (probably adding center speaker shortly after) 2 on outside patio, and 1 in garage. I would like to be able to be able to play: a) all speakers at once, b) just 2 in living room, and c) just the 2 outside and 1 in garage. For speakers, I'm looking into Polk RC80i speakers for living room and RC60i for the other 3. My biggest question is the receiver. I have no idea what receiver I should buy. Don't need anything too fancy or expensive (<$400). Can someone help me out with this and give me a few recommendations? I'm relatively new to this so any insight would help. Thanks

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Posted January 08 2013 - 01:42 PM

You need a three zone receiver. And they are not cheap. Your looking at most manufacturers flag ship receivers. Ranging from 1300 dollars and up. The Yamaha rx-a2020 is 1500 ish. Denon may offer a three zone "just" stereo receiver for under 1000 from their in command series.

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Posted January 08 2013 - 02:01 PM

How is that possible?

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Posted January 08 2013 - 02:39 PM

Why cant I put the garage and outside speakers on the same zone? Therefore only 2 zones.

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Posted January 08 2013 - 03:21 PM

Your "first problem" is the "one" speaker... Nope, don't do it. Even if you want just one, buy a "single source stereo" speaker and run both the left/right to it. Otherwise...don't even bother. There are 3 zone powered AVR on the market...but they are ALL 9 channel(so you can run 5.1 + 2 zones). If you decide the "same zone split in two is fine"... Purchase a speaker switch box. They range from as simple as "plain A/B" to multi-source volume attenuating. A plain one is $20, a remote controlled volume attenuating speaker switch can be as much as $600. $400, is this just for the AVR? If so...Onkyo is about the only 7.1 you are going to find with reasonable zone control.

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Posted January 08 2013 - 04:30 PM

No one offers a three zone receiver that does not need an outboard amp to run the third zone. You need a two zone receiver and a multichannel amp to run the other zones . Paired with simple volume controls you can control the sound in zone 2 and 3.

Denon offers a 4 zone receiver. It will cost you 5k, and yes as Sam said there are a handful of 3 zone receivers. I just figured since he wanted to add a center to the first zone, a nine channel 3 zone AVR would be the simples solution, especially since he is wiring the house for it.

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Posted January 09 2013 - 05:49 AM

Why can't I use a 7.1 with a speaker selector?

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Posted January 09 2013 - 05:56 AM

So, you are going to "enter a sound mode" with center activated...so you can send "center" to the garage? Or...what? You can speaker switch anything. I'm just saying "one speaker" is a bad idea...and now that I'm on a computer...not my phone... http://www.amazon.co...gle stereo polk http://www.amazon.co...s=4 strand wire "One speaker problem" solved. Or, you can still do it the "wrong way" for the same cost. And if "$90 is too much money"... http://www.amazon.co... stereo speaker And if not completely obvious yet. That Polk and Pyle. Those speakers count as 2.

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Posted January 09 2013 - 06:26 AM

Thanks man. So I can put 2 in garage. I like that idea better. Now what about a receiver? Can't I just get any normal 7.1 with a cheap speaker selector? Do you have any receivers I should look at?

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Posted January 09 2013 - 06:41 AM

Pairs of speakers(or single stereo) is always easier to work with... Do you "need" 7.1 or will 5.1 work? Essentially I ask because... 1. Zone 2 is (typically) analog only. What "sources" are you wanting "zoned"? 2. Not that $400 is a "light" budget...but unless you spend more...the "zone" is an issue... 3. if you simply run a speaker switch off the front right/left, this is so much simpler.

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Posted January 09 2013 - 08:37 AM

What if I bought a 7.1 receiver with a speaker selector? Also, I am going to put 2 in garage now.

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Posted January 09 2013 - 10:58 AM

That is fine. Using a speaker selector rules out the need for Zone 2....or...depending one what sources you want "zoned"....use it as 5.1 and Zone 2, with Zone 2 leading to a speaker switch. Zone 2 CAN use the same input as the 5.1...So you have your choice of different...or the same thing.




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