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Old 05-16-2011, 11:43 AM - Thread Starter
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My brother is setting up a theater in his basement, but he'd like to get a receiver that can power a couple speakers in his upstairs living room as zone 2. So the first question is, can this be done with a 7.1 receiver that allows the two rears to be assigned as zone 2? Keep in mind that he'd like to be able to control the volume of zone 2 with a remote that stays upstairs in the living room. Second question, his tv upstairs has an audio out jack (2 channel).....I'm assuming he can run this down to the receiver and connect as any random analog audio in. Then assign the zone 2 to that analog audio source? Lastly, do receivers care what the impedance is of the speakers it's powering? He's already purchased the Jamo S606 seen here:

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

They run at 6 ohms, but most stuff I see is based on 8 ohms.


All of this assumes he gets a receiver that has a separate zone 2 remote input which this one does:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Harman-Kardon-HK...item5ae089f1b0

Are there any other options out there?
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:21 AM - Thread Starter
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1. Yes. To control the Zone 2 speakers he would either need an IR blaster/extender or get a networking model in which he can use either an iphone, android, or other smart phone to control Zone 2 (and the AVR in general).

2. Correct.

3. Yes. Most handle 6-8Ω speakers just fine. Check the AVR owner's manual to confirm.

4. Check out the new Denon AVR 1712 (due out in next few weeks, MSRP $399) which includes Zone 2 but no networking.

Whatever he gets though, ensure it is purchased from an authorized reseller otherwise the mfr warranty will not likely be honored .... eBay sellers are generally NOT authorized.

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OK great. Yeah I would only let him buy from the Harman Audio store on Ebay.

I don't think he'd consider the networking thing. He was hoping for just an IR extender. How does this look?

http://www.amazon.com/Infrared-Recei...5652600&sr=8-2
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Get a 2nd universal remote set up for "everything" that needs controlled, and
http://www.amazon.com/Next-Generatio...5652967&sr=8-1
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Do most receivers allow you to turn it on via zone 2 remote?
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