I currently have a TXNR609 in my living room with a 5.1 system. I have the Zone 2 being sent out via the line level output to the family room to a Denon 1709 and a 2.1 system. I primarily stream Pandora or Spotify from the Onkyo to the Denon and this set up is working very well for me. I now want to add a pair of outdoor patio speakers to this system. I can't decide if I should hook them up to the Denon or the Onkyo. My first thought was to hook them up to the Onkyo so I can use the mobile app to select the content and hopefully control the volume while outside. I'd also like to be able to let my kids whatch tv or movies in the living room while we're outside listening to music. I'm wondering if I can use the Zone 2 speaker outputs for the patio speakers while also using the Zone 2 line level out to the Denon receiver at the same time? If this works does anyone know if I'll be able to control the patio speaker volume through the mobile app? Or, would it be better to just hook the patio speakers up to the Denon and then use its Zone 2 or if it has an A/B speaker selector to control the patio speakers? The Denon is physically very close to the patio so adjusting the volume could be done pretty easily, it wouldn't be like I'd have to walk across the house. This is my first time using Zone 2 outputs or stringing multiple rooms together so if anyone has any other ideas I'm open. Thanks.
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