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post #1 of 2 Old 12-03-2012, 03:15 PM - Thread Starter
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I have an Onkyo NR717 and I'm looking to wire it for both 7.1 home theater use and powered Zone 2 and 3 in other rooms. I'd like to install physical switches that will allow me to either use Powered Zone 2 and 3 for music or the surround speakers for watching movies. My thinking is that when I want to watch a movie I can just flip two switches to get the full 7.1 experience, then flip the switches back when I'm done. Basically, I'll have a single speaker wire coming from my Front Wide/Zone 2 R and L that goes into a switch. One output of the switch will lead to the surround speakers, the other to the Zone 2 speakers.

I just want to verify that I'm not going to be doing any damage to the receiver itself with this setup.
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It will work, but you'll also have to go into the Onkyo setup menu(s) and change the speaker configuration back and forth every time you want to use it the "other way".

I'd suggest a <$99 AudioSource AMP-100 to run the zone(s) instead...

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