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Wow, great timing. I've got a similar concern with my outdoor theater. First, here's my setup: Permanent Speakers, Projector & Screen. The Projector (JVC DILA M5000) is hung/mounted in Garage, front-projecting out to my covered patio. Pull-down Screen will be mounted/recessed up in the pergola (structure covering the patio). The 5.1 surround sound speakers are hung from the pergola (via in-wall).
I've just installed a Network Media Box/Panel in the garage and PVC throughout the house which will act as my hub for all A/V and Data. Therefore, I'll be able to view/hear anything from my Mac, cable TV, Satellite, DVD and Music, etc. outdoors (Wow, just thought about using iChat - Cool!).
My problem: I'd like to use my current indoor Receiver for both my Outdoor Theater and my Indoor Theater. My receiver has "A" & "B" speaker zones, but the "B" zone has only two speakers (Left and Right), not all 5.1. Is there a Switcher or Selector Box that will allow me to use the 5.1 outdoors? Therefore, when watching a movie outside, I'd be utilizing the same speaker terminals on my Receiver (via Media Panel in garage) as the indoor theater, having to only press a button to re-rout the 5.1 outside.
I really hope that made sense. If not, I can clarify and/or send pics if that helps. Thank you so much for any advise. I'm a long-time observer of this Forum and want to thank you for this amazing resource.
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