I am a newbie here so bear with me if this has been asked before. I recently bought a house where the previous home owner had it wired for his home theater and speakers in the kitchen and outside. he left me the wall mounted Axiom speakers and the (slightly weathered) speakers by the hot tub. the outdoor speaker areas each have a volume control (one for pool and one for hot tub on deck) I still need to buy the speakers for the pool area as the previous owner took his with him. The wire is already run. I am thinking of just getting 2 Infinity 100 watt Rock speakers to blend in with the landscaping.
I went out and bought an Onkyo 7.2 channel 770 watt receiver that has 2 zones. It is tied into everything (except the pool area until I get speakers).
The problem is that zone 2 is playing even with the volume up pretty high the outdoor speaker is not very loud (yes the volume control is up all the way). I even bypassed the volume controller and it made no difference. Meanwhile the kitchen (also zone 2) was REALLY loud.
I have already spent a small fortune (for me) on stuff and want to make sure I am doing the right thing before I proceed. I have gotten conflicting advice already from a couple people. some say get a speaker selector switch. someone else said I need an amplifier for the outside speakers. That seems to make sense to me although the selector switch may be a nice addition down the road if I want to control the kitchen separately.
Does anyone have any advice? If I do need some sort of amp what exactly do I need. I am a little lost here on all of this as this is uncharted territory for me.