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Old 01-11-2013, 05:33 PM - Thread Starter
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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? eek.gif

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?
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The 709 features a dedicated set of speakers posts which can be set as either Front Wide or Zone 2 as noted below.



Also, as the 709 is only a 7.1 AVR (and just as with the 603) in order to power the Zone 2 speakers, the AVR must reduce down to only 5.1 in the main zone. If you want 7.1 in the main zone, you'll need to add an external 2CH amp to the Zone 2 pre-outs to power the Zone 2 speakers.

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Got it. So why do they bring speaker connection for 11 speaker if it's going down to 5.1 when the Zone 2 is in use? Not that I'm doubting you, just wanting to understand it.
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For convenience of using different configurations without having to rewire the speakers. If you want the capability to run a "powered" 7.1 + "powered" Zone 2 (ie. w/o using an external amp), you'll need a 9.1 AVR like the new Onkyo 3010 or 5010 or Denon 4520CI.

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Do you recommend the 709, at $450 factory refurbished or $530 new, which has the Audyssey MultEQ XT over the 717, at $480 refurbished or $550 new, which has more power, Zone 3 but only the Audyssey 2EQ.
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Also, my old Onkyo receiver has a 110v outlet in the back where I would connect a cool fan. How come these new receivers don't bring such an outlet?
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