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We are building a new new house and I would like to do this...

Surround sound in the living room.
4 ceiling speakers in the living room/dining room/kitchen area
4 ceiling speakers on the back porch (separate zone from a separate source)

I'm considering purchasing an Onkyo TX-NR717 receiver to run all of the audio through. It has powered zone 2 and zone 3, so shouldn't I be able to run the zone 2 out to an amp which would then power the ceiling speakers?

If I do this can I have the surround sound and ceiling speakers (inside and outside) all playing from the same source simultaneously?

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Or, you can have different sources on each zone. It should also have RCA jacks for Zone 2 & 3 outputs (non-powered). Powered outputs are speaker level and go straight to speakers. The non-powered outputs connect to amplifiers. You can select which in the setup menu.

Utilizing the RCA jacks that feed amps, you can select the source you want (in my case, I usually do a particular internet radio station), and it will always be at the Line Out jacks for that zone. I can listen to that station outside without having my Onkyo AVR even turned on.

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Thank you for the quick response. So, just to be clear. I can have all a single source playing on all zones at the same time?
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Thank you for the quick response. So, just to be clear. I can have all a single source playing on all zones at the same time?
Yes, you can certainly do that too, if you want. I find it nice to be able to be outside listening to one thing while my wife is inside watching TV or listening to something else.

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There is one thing that you need to realize when it comes to playing the same source through the AVR and the other zones. The source (whatever it may be) comes in and goes right back out through the Zone 2 and/or 3 outputs. Meanwhile, it also goes through the processing circuitry in the AVR. End result is that there is a time delay between what you hear through the speakers connected to either of the secondary zones and the speakers in your house. It's only a quarter of a second or so, but if you're in a spot where you can hear both, or you come into the house from outside, it's definitely noticeable.

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