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I presently have Bose accustimas system in my living room which consists of five double cubes and one subwoofer.These are connected to my (A Speaker) receiver. Also connected to the same receiver (B Speaker) are two pairs of outdoor speaker with each pair having their own volume control near the speakers. When I have a party and there are people both inside and outside-there's a problem. In order to have the outdoor speakers loud enough, the amp inside has to be turned up higher than normal. This ends up being too loud for the inside guests. Is there some kind of secondary controller that could lower the inside music without sacrificing the outdoor volume? I would like to play the same content from the same receiver. I'm trying not to buy another receiver, however if there is an inexpensive solution I'd love to hear it.
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I presently have Bose accustimas system in my living room which consists of five double cubes and one subwoofer.These are connected to my (A Speaker) receiver. Also connected to the same receiver (B Speaker) are two pairs of outdoor speaker with each pair having their own volume control near the speakers. When I have a party and there are people both inside and outside-there's a problem. In order to have the outdoor speakers loud enough, the amp inside has to be turned up higher than normal. This ends up being too loud for the inside guests. Is there some kind of secondary controller that could lower the inside music without sacrificing the outdoor volume? I would like to play the same content from the same receiver. I'm trying not to buy another receiver, however if there is an inexpensive solution I'd love to hear it.
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Many choices out there from companies like Niles, Crutchfield, Parts Express...
Here is a Radio Shack...NXG-NX-SSVC6 6 zone speaker selector/with independent volume controllers.

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What reciever do you have?


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...it is also very possible that you could damage the receiver by creating a low impedance with four speakers hooked up to "speaker B".

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I think he needs a zone 2 to have seperate volume for the outside and for the main surround system. This is why I asked which receiver the OP had.

Speaker B won't be able to give you the seperate volume you need. A receiver with a powered zone 2 will suffice but Espo77 is correct that if you do not connect everything correctly, you can be pushing the receiver too hard and this can cause the receiver to be possibly damaged.


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What reciever do you have?

I have an older Onkyo TX-DS575 receiver. What do you mean by a "Zone 2" ? New receiver?
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Your receiver does not have a Zone 2 function.
A new receiver (like the Pioneer VSX-1022 or similar) does have a zone 2.

The main zone or Zone 1 would be the surround system, the Zone 2 would be the other rooms in your house. You could have 2 different sources playing, with different volumes, in each of the different zones with a new receiver that is capable of this.


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I have an older Onkyo TX-DS575 receiver. What do you mean by a "Zone 2" ? New receiver?

70w 5.1? I'd recommend checking out some of the advancements in a/v receivers at your local retailer.

Multi-zones allow you to expand your audio to multiple locations throughout your home, I believe you can also listen to separate sources.

You can also clean up some cabling by connecting all your Hdmi sources to the new receivers. Check out some with audio return channel.

If you find a network a/v receiver, there is likely an iOS or android based app that you can control your receiver over your network.
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I have a two zone receiver that does NOT allow seperate volume controls...so choose your reciever carefully.

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
Set up #2: Def Tech SM450, CLR2002, SLS Qline surrounds and Klipsch 12wD sub
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I have a two zone receiver that does NOT allow seperate volume controls...so choose your reciever carefully.

Does anyone know of a two zone receiver (mid priced) that DOES allow separate volume control?
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Pretty much all zone 2 receivers have separate volume for main room and zone 2. Except apparently the one the other responder purchased.

Whats your real price range?

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Does anyone know of a two zone receiver (mid priced) that DOES allow separate volume control?
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What is mid-priced to you? Receivers range in price from $300 to $5000.

I already listed a low priced model for you.


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I have a two zone receiver that does NOT allow seperate volume controls...so choose your reciever carefully.

Which receiver do you have?


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Some sort of crappy older Pyle Pro receiver ...you almost have to use it in zone 2, as the cooling fan is so damn loud...

Set up #1: EMP e5ti, e5Ci, and SLS Q line Audio surrounds, EMP 10i10i sub
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What is mid-priced to you? Receivers range in price from $300 to $5000.

I already listed a low priced model for you.

I've decided on a DENON AVR-1712. It came out to $275. Hope I did OK. Thanks for all the help.
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Sounds good.

Make sure you read the *note* on page 45 on the manual.


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Sounds good.

Make sure you read the *note* on page 45 on the manual.

They mentioned that to me when I spoke to them this AM. I'll have to use RCA plugs for zone 2. No problem that I can see. Do you see this being an issue?

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Not a problem at all if your source has analog RCA jacks.

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Not a problem at all if your source has analog RCA jacks.

That won't be a problem. Just a CD player and Popcorn Hour.
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