Receiver with remote cotrolled A and/or B Speaker Control

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  1. Brian D

    Brian D Auditioning

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    Hey all,

    I'm looking for some help here. I just had a deck built and a hot tub put in, so I want to take my Audio/video outside. I plan on keeping the equipment inside, out of the rain, and I want to be able to just have the speakers around the hot tub playing, or the ones around the bar/table area playing seperately or all at the same time. I don't need to have different sources for the speakers, I put a TV out there, and I want to just be able to watch it with surround sound in the Hot Tub, quietly if it's just us, or just from the table/bar area or be able to play it or music for everyone on the deck if we have a party. I figure I need a receiver that can switch between speaker set-up A and B or play both sets. I also need this to be done by remote as I will be using an IR repeater to control it. Honestly, because of all the money I have spent lately, I am hoping soomeone might have some inexpensive ideas. Even a Pro-Logic unit will work for this. Some products that you know that can do this, so I can look on Ebay for some deals. All help and ideas would be appreciated !!

    thanks,

    Brian
     
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    Sorry, I’ve never seen or heard of a receiver that would switch A/B speakers by remote.
     
  3. Benson R

    Benson R Supporting Actor

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    I successfully setup my projector and speakers temporarilly outside.

    I wouldnt even bother with prolog and perhaps just go stereo.

    Unless this is a mostly enclosed area, which is doesnt sound like it is, I think most of the surround effect would probably be lost. Perhaps I'm wrong but I really dont think there would be much of a point.

    Plus with stereo you could probably get a cheap stereo only reciever to dedicate to the deck.
     
  4. MarkusP

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    Brian, if I am not mistaken, my NAD T752 allows me to switch between A and B speakers via remote - I think it has two small buttons labeled Speakers A and B. You can pick up a NAD pretty cheap right now on ebay and audiogon.

    I can check this weekend and let you know for sure on Monday.
     
  5. Rob Kramer

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    My Onkyo 800 allows me to do A/B speaker switching from the remote. I think my old Onkyo 600 allowed it also (its basically the same remote).
     
  6. Dan J S

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    Most 7.1 recievers can optionally use the 2 rear channels as a Zone 2 area rather than as rears in your home theater. There's usually some setup procedure to activate this. I know the higher end Denon models can do this (3805), but the lower end ones can probably do it as well (2805, 1705).
     
  7. Rob Kramer

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    Dan

    I think Brian is looking for receivers that switch between the speakers (or zones) via the remote, as he will be in a separate room at the time.
     
  8. Jeff Hipps

    Jeff Hipps Stunt Coordinator

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    We have several stereo receivers that offer A/B speaker switching via IR remote.

    The least expensive is the Sherwood RX-4100/RX-4103. Slightly higher performing is our newer RX-4105. For higher end applications, our brand new Sherwood Newcastle RX-770 is high current, has a 4 gang FM tuner, binding posts and a phono section. SRP for the Newcastle RX-770 is only $299.95.

    The RX-4100/4103 are typically available around $99.95.

    Jeff
     
  9. Dan J S

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    Rob, I'm pretty sure the 2nd zones can be controlled by the remote on pretty much any 7.1 reciever. It would be a matter of doing something like activating the zone B, then selecting the source, then changing the volume. It's a little more advanced than an A/B switch on old stereo recievers because the 2nd zone has separate amplifiers.
     

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