First the answer is yes, but to do the 5.1 and let the ceiling speakers in that room become the rears you will need a volume pot with a source selector at the wall. This will allow you to change the "source" house audio off and use the second "source' surround left and right instead. This however can create another problem. If that volume pot with source selection at the wall also has an impedance matching circuit built into it, it could be redundant to the one at the selector... so you'll have to think it through and test it. best to find a volume pot that does not have impedance matching built in and use the selectors..but to find one with source selection without the impedance circuit might be tricky... I don't know of one.
If you haven't already purchased that AVR, you should consider moving up the line a bit to get one with a Zone2 output, which would allow independent control/sources in the other rooms (different than the family room).
Yes, you can either wire a wall-mounted volume control in each room, or use speaker selector with volume control (per zone knobs). Both have the pluses/minuses...
So this would be the best way to utilize my single zone receiver? Would I be able to run the 5.1 alone sometimes, and then the 5.1 plus another zone (ideally I'd like to be able to run the 5.1 in the family room and speakers in the kitchen for music at the same time) at other times?
Yes, just realize that the only setting(s) that will make sense on your AVR when used in multiple rooms will be "stereo" or "all channels stereo". Using any of the other 5.1 settings will likely remove vocals from the other rooms - because they will get mapped to the center channel only...
Also, when attaching multiple pairs there will be a decrease in volume - so you may find having the other 3 speakers on at the same time as other rooms will produce an unbalanced sound in the 5.1 room.
My current room has 2 fronts and 3 built in ceiling surrounds.
Can someone explain what I need to do in kindergarten language? Thanks!
Simply connect the Left/Right speaker outputs from the Denon to the input of the speaker selector. Then attach your L/R speakers to one output of the selector, and the outdoor speakers to another output.
Anyway, the Monoprice manual doesn't have a diagram, but here's one to explain it simply. Ignore the red text note - you can have multiple pairs on at the same time, as the Monoprice (and most) speaker selector has impedance-matching "protection".
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