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post #1 of 3 Old 03-05-2013, 07:58 PM - Thread Starter
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I have an Onkyo TX-8050, and while not a true surround sound system, it has been a good receiver for my modest needs. Id like to create a second zone and control it through their wireless remote app.

The second zone would be about 30' away in the basement. Can anyone recommend a good amp for this?

The plan would be to have the onkyo receiver control the volume and hopefully be turned on and off by sensing zone 2 getting turned on.

Because zone 2 will be in the basement, would I better having the amp next to the receiver or down in the basement?

I have never setup a system like this and not sure what to look out for.
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The amp would go next to the receiver, you would need to run speaker wires from the amp to zone 2. For that distance 14 Gauge wire is fine.

Emotiva seems to be a good option for budget amplifier.

Good luck!

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Note that if you will always play the same source as is playing in the main zone to the basement speakers, there is a "B" set of speaker connections that you can use, otherwise if you will want the capability of playing the same or a different source than is playing in the main zone, then you will need the external amp. Note also that only analog sources, USB, and network audio will pass to the Zone 2 pre-outs (as opposed to any source playing to the "B" speaker connections). A good external amp suggestion for you below ...


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