so here are my initial thoughts on my budget 4-room sound system under $250 for 4 rooms speakers and volume controllers. I own everything else already. Please make any suggestions, thumbs up or thumbs down. I won't be insulted as I am new to this.
In the main room I will have my 5.1/7.1 setup connected to my Denon AVR3321ci. The preout for Zone 2 will go from the 3312ci to my old Denon AVR3801 (7 channels x 105 watts @ 8 ohms). If I understand the zone 2 options properly, I can use Airplay, net/usb from 3312ci and analog connections from other sources for output to zone 2 (even if listening to same source as main room).
The 3801 will beset to one input (from the pre-outs on 3312ci) all the time with the audio setting on 5 channel stereo. Speaker pairs from each of the 4 rooms will be wired as follows:
Room 1 - main L/R terminals
Room 2 - center (the pair from this room will run in parallel to one terminal and this receive half the power of the other rooms - thus choosing the room with least volume needs)
Room 3 - surround L/R
Room 4 - surround back L/R
i will use in wall volume controllers like this
with jumper switches to x1 for all rooms.
I plan to get 8 ohm in ceiling speakers like this
1. will the 5 channel stereo setting on the 3801 output to all 7 channels? Or can it only drive 5 channels simultaneously? If so, then I need to modify wiring and run 3 rooms in parallel with only one wired to separate channels for each speaker (loudest room).
2. can the remote control out jack on the back of the avr3312ci control the 3801 via IR blaster? There is no remote control in on the back of the 3801. If not, I will need an IR extender and program via my harmony remote. avr3312ci control of the receiver would be nice given the app/ip control features.