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Location: Cobble Hill, BC
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I wish to install a speaker pair into three different zones in my home. All zones will be fed from the Zone-2 Speaker Output of my receiver (Denon AVR-2311ci). I do not want a speaker controller/selector at the receiver location - all zones will always have audio available. Each zone will have its own in-wall volume control, with automatic mute (this means each zone will default to MUTE whenever the receiver is switched on). What I want to avoid is a situation where Zone-A and Zone-B are both listening, and if Zone-A is switched to mute, Zone-B suddenly gets louder.
Q: do I need some sort of device at the receiver to split the speaker output into three outputs to feed my three zones, or can I just bind the speaker wires together in parallel? (note: the speakers in each zone are the same impedance, but not the same model of speaker.)
Q: do I need an impedance-matching volume control in each zone, or would a resistor-based control be a better choice? why?