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In a spacious area set up with front, center and rear speakers... is there a receiver which can play Audio CD music through both front and rear speakers with just a touch of a button, rather than using just fronts. Or failing that, is there a receiver which can select which speakers are used as fronts and which speakers used as rears?

That way if you wanted to temporarily play an Audio CD on the opposite wall of where the front speakers are... you could.


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All I want is to sometimes switch *on* the rear speakers to play stereo on both fronts & rears. Sounds like a receiver with 5 channel stereo is exactly what I am looking for.
I am trying to do that using this receiver: Pioneer VSX-521-K 5.1 http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers/VSX-521-K
Owner's Manual for it is here: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/Manuals/Home/VSX-521-k_OperatingInstructions020711.pdf
P.S. Can this be done without weird affects? Just plain 2 Channel music on all four speakers?
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Turn On All 5 Speakers when listening to 2-Channel Stereo Music: Press ADV SURR on remote to get to EXT. STEREO setting.
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you can easily swap front to back and back to front. But playing both together might be a problem

I have Marantz 7005, and I sometimes connect towers to main channel and surrounds to Front B channel. Using remote can quickly change from A to B and back to A. It will also play A+ B, but has issues
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Most modern receivers have a five-channel or seven-channel stereo mode that treat all speakers as main speakers. That may meet your needs.
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5 channel stereo will do the trick for you. The front two speakers and the surrounds will play the same thing. The center will be a mix of the stereo channels.

if you actually want to switch the fronts and backs you'll have to switch the speaker wires. better get banana plugs to make the switch easy.


What receiver do you have?

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All I want is to sometimes switch *on* the rear speakers to play stereo on both fronts & rears. Sounds like a receiver with 5 channel stereo is exactly what I am looking for.


I am trying to do that using this receiver: Pioneer VSX-521-K 5.1 http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers/VSX-521-K
Owner's Manual for it is here: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/Manuals/Home/VSX-521-k_OperatingInstructions020711.pdf


P.S. Can this be done without weird affects? Just plain 2 Channel music on all four speakers?

YES!

Turn On All 5 Speakers when listening to 2-Channel Stereo Music: Press ADV SURR on remote to get to EXT. STEREO setting.
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