My present Onkyo DS603 7.1 receiver died, but for years it worked great. I played 7.1 audio in the main room while moving my 2 deck speakers from the powered Zone 2.
I'm considering upgrading to an Onkyo TX-NR709 and although I see it has a Powered Zone 2, I see its connections are set up like additional speakers (11 pairs of positive/negative connections) unlike my old receiver which has a separate Zone 2 cable connection. I also saw some posting here and elsewhere where people talk about having to go from 7.1 to 5.1 in order to use the Zone 2, is that the case with the 709?
Basically I want to upgrade but I need to use it as 7.1 WHILE using the Zone 2. Is the 709 a good option for me?