Basic Amplifier Selection/Setup questions

AlramS

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Hello,

I want an amplifier that does a few of things and am missing the knowledge I need to determine if the ones I'm looking at have the specs I'm looking for:

-receives FM (all pretty much do this)
-connects my existing four speakers in the living room to my tv/dvd setup (I'll also add a subwoofer but this seems not so hard)
-is able to have two zones for the cd/fm/bluetooth that I can turn on and off while listening to the system.
zone 1 the living room with the same speakers mentioned above
zone 2 the kitchen which has two in wall speakers
I don't need to listen to FM in the kitchen while the TV is on in the living room. Just be able to turn one zone on and off.

All the speakers are installed and wired to a stereo closet, except the subwoofer

I don't need a high end amplifier but would like to go ahead and spend the money for 7.1 in case I update my old TV or want to expand the system.

-was looking at the Sony STR DH770 which seems reasonably priced for the features. However it does not seem to have the option to have two zones. This is where I am missing the knowledge I need.

Thanks for any clarifications and/or amp suggestions.

Marla
 

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Welcome!

What you are referring to as an amplifier is actually an integrated receiver. This product contains an amplifier section for each channel but also includes the circuitry needed for audio and video processing. This would be an excellent choice for what you want but it is a bit more expensive than the Sony you had in mind. Personally, I would avoid Sony receivers anyway.

 
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The STR DH770 can have a separate "B" channel, but it uses the main rears (so you'll have 5.1 and 2.0). Some receivers only play analog on the B-system; I didn't see that for this receiver, but if that's important to you best to double-check.

Connecting to the TV has a lot to do with the TV, which you didn't mention. But it it has ARC or an optical connection you should be good.

I don't know what you mean by, "All the speakers are installed and wired to a stereo closet, except the subwoofer." But the sub would connect the to the receiver in the same location as the other speakers.

I agree with John that Sony would not be my first choice for a receiver.
 
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AlramS

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John, Al,
Thanks for the clear responses, corrections and suggestions. That helps me a great deal. I’ll look into the Yamaha John suggested and return with any additional questions. Again thanks for your time and expertise.

Marla
 
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