I'm no audiophile, so let's make that clear up front. I'm trying to do a number of things in my home with A/V, one of which is to connect a receiver to a whole-home speaker setup (already in place when we purchased the home). I might add that all speakers have a volume control on the wall for every pair. Please have patience with me.
I have a number of questions, so please advise if I need to post somewhere else within AVS. The first:
1) On my Onkyo TX-SR606 receiver, I believe I have the capabilities to run 7.1 or 5.1 plus zone 2. As it is right now, I'm just trying to run speakers that are connected throughout my house, so I'm not interested in the home theater setup. I figured out to enable zone 2 (hardware\activate zone 2). But:
A) The zone 2 audio is different than the rest of the house (different audio levels).
B) The zone 2 is a manual push button, and it stays on even after I shut off the receiver.
My question is can I somehow configure the receiver so that when I turn the audio up or down it adjusts all speakers - including zone 2? I can ajust zone 2 audio independently, but ideally I'd like it to be synonymous. Also, can I set zone 2 so that it shuts off when I turn the receiver off? As it is right now, it's a two-step process: shut off the receiver; shut off zone 2.
2) I have whole-home audio. I have volume controls for each pair of speakers. One pair seems much louder than the rest, and the volume control on the wall doesn't affect the audio levels. I assumed that the module was broken, so I bought another one. When I disconnected the "broken" module, I found that the speakers still worked - even without the module connected at all.
Doesn't that imply that this pair of speakers are not connected to the volume control at all? I get the impression that the previous owners tried to get it working and instead ran the wiring directly to the receiver (thus skipping the volume control). I have a slew of L+, L-, R+, R- wires, but I surely thought this all had to be connected in order to hear audio from these pair of speakers.
3) Any suggestions on a receiver that would be suitable for my speakers long term? For now, I'm leveraging the Onkyo. Long term I'll relocate that receiver to my basement for my home theater. I had an audio specialist come over and look at it, and he suggested a $700 Yamaha. That seemed pretty steep to me. I know zone 2 is an option I need to look for. Ideally I'd have similar audio levels pushed to all speakers. So that you're aware, I have 10 speakers total (five pair) - every two has its own volume control. I do not know the wattage/amps/ohms or whatever is needed before determining the receiver. I'm sure that's important to know ahead of time.
Again, sorry for the long winded questions. If I need to repost part of this somewhere else, let me know.