Quick question for the experts. I am helping the neighbor setup his whole house audio, and I think the 2113CI would work, but not sure. He will have 5.1 in the family room, 2 ceiling speakers in the kitchen, which is open to the family room, and 5 outdoor speakers. The obvious setup is Denon drives 5.1 in the family room, then zone 2 pre-outs to a multichannel amp to power the other 7 speakers(probably the amp from HTD). That is fine, but then the inside ceiling speakers in the kitchen must play the same source as all the outside speakers, since they are all on Zone 2. He said he might see a situation where he wants all the inside speakers (5.1 plus kitchen) to be playing 1 source, and the outside ones to be different. One option is a 3 zone AVR, so he can assign the kitchen speakers to whatever he wants, b/c they are a separate zone. To do that, he either needs to spend alot more or get the Onkyo 616, but I am hesitant to recommend Onkyo given quality issues/2EQ/no Airplay etc...
But, (here is my question), what if he hooks up the ceiling speakers to the Zone2/amp assign terminals on the 2113? Then, using his remote, couldn't he manually switch those speakers from Zone 2 to "Speaker B"??? I believe yes, but I wanted to be sure. That way he could have the kitchen speakers mimic either the family room, by playing Speaker A+B, or mimic the outside speakers by changing Amp Assign to Zone 2.
Would this mess up Audyssey? Or would it keep the 5.1 settings regardless of Zone 2 vs. Speaker B?