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Ive been doing tons of research and my mind is going in circles. I want to set up a 5.1 surround and have the ability to set up output to play music to speakers in kitchen and outside, 4 more speakers. I may add more zones in the future.
Should I get a 7.1 receiver or a 2 zone? I am leaning towards denon brand based on what ive been reading and I dont want to spend more then 600.
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Ive been doing tons of research and my mind is going in circles. I want to set up a 5.1 surround and have the ability to set up output to play music to speakers in kitchen and outside, 4 more speakers. I may add more zones in the future.
Should I get a 7.1 receiver or a 2 zone? I am leaning towards denon brand based on what ive been reading and I dont want to spend more then 600.
Thanks,
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If I understand you correctly, you want...

5.1 in your main room
Play 2ch stereo music in the kitchen
AND
Drive 4 more speakers outside (basically a 3rd zone)

That isn't possible in a receiver, regardless of price.

You'll need to either...

Purchase a receiver to run 2nd and 3rd zones (one that is 4ohm stable to drive 2 pairs of stereo speakers... $$$$), OR
Go separates route, and purchase amps for the 2nd and 3rd zones.
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I plan on having the 5.1 then 2 speakers in kitchen and 2 outside. So basically ill need a dedicated receiver for tv . and a separate one for music elsewhere?
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I plan on having the 5.1 then 2 speakers in kitchen and 2 outside. So basically ill need a dedicated receiver for tv . and a separate one for music elsewhere?

Just to be clear... Zone 2 would drive 4 speakers simultaneously? 2 in kitchen and 2 on the patio?
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If i can put a switch to separate or join them then yes. I apologize for my ignorance. I do not even own a flat screen tv yet. I never cared. I and moving and figured I would step up to the future.lol
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If i can put a switch to separate or join them then yes. I apologize for my ignorance. I do not even own a flat screen tv yet. I never cared. I and moving and figured I would step up to the future.lol

Not possible in your budget.

You could get a reciever, with preamp outputs for Z2, and drive a Sonance 275x3 (3 zones amp off 1 input). But the Sonance alone is over $600.

How the Sonance works is this...

Connect it to a stereo source, press buttons on the front to activate each zones. Powers stereo speakers in zone1, zone2, and zone3. Interdependently, or any combination of the 3 zones.
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Ive been doing tons of research and my mind is going in circles. I want to set up a 5.1 surround and have the ability to set up output to play music to speakers in kitchen and outside, 4 more speakers. I may add more zones in the future.
Should I get a 7.1 receiver or a 2 zone? I am leaning towards denon brand based on what ive been reading and I dont want to spend more then 600.
Thanks,
Vinny

There are a few Denon models that can accomplish your feature and budget goal .... 1912/1913 would allow you to run 5.1 in the main zone with the Surr Back/Amp Assign speaker posts set as Zone 2 connected to an impedance matching speaker selector connected to the kitchen and patio speakers. The 2112CI or 2312CI would allow for the same configuration as well as allowing the capability to use an external 2CH amp via Zone 2 pre-outs (recommended if adding more speakers in the future). Note the best buys are on the XX12 models which are on clearance making way for the newer XX13 models.

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