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Hey guys, new to the forum,

I'm looking for an AVR that has true 3 Zone capabilities.

I was looking at the Denon 3313ci, but when I looked up it's owners manual, you can only send out "mono" to both Zone 2 and Zone 3 and not stereo. Who wants that? Maybe mono to Zone 3, for outdoors or something, but not BOTH zones!

Well anyways, what's a good AVR around $1000 that can stream out STEREO to Zone 2 and Zone 3?

I'm not concerned with sending out a video signal to either zone, nor an HDMI out for either zone.

I also need network capabilities for Network Streaming from my computer (like to stream FLAC file eventually), SiriusXM interface and an App to use on my android phone and tablet that could control both Zone 2 and Zone 3.

Any good receivers there out there with these requirements?

(I also posted this over in audioholics)

Thanks for the input
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If you want 5.1 audio in the main zone while both Zones 2 and 3 are playing stereo (all powered by the same AVR), they you'll need a 9.1 AVR (5+2+2=9), otherwise if you don't mind the main zone cutting down to 3.1, then IIRC either Yamaha or Onkyo can do that with a 7.1 AVR although forget the model. Also note that the 3313CI has Zones 2/3 pre-outs so you could power Zone 2 from the AVR and connect another 2CH amp to power Zone 3.

http://www.amazon.com/AudioSource-AMP-100-Stereo-Power-Amplifier/dp/B00026BQJ6

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I was looking at the Denon 3313ci, but when I looked up it's owners manual, you can only send out "mono" to both Zone 2 and Zone 3 and not stereo. Who wants that? Maybe mono to Zone 3, for outdoors or something, but not BOTH zones!

I'm pretty sure you can send Stereo to Zone 2 and Zone 3. It has to be analog audio though.

I never heard of any AVR that only allows MONO to other zones.

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The 3313CI is a 7.2 AVR, so with 5.1 in the main zone, and only 2 AVR powered channels left, the zone options are either (a) Zone 2 stereo, (b) Zone 3 stereo, or (c) Zone 2/3 mono.

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Can't you use the Zone 2 or 3 preouts and still get stereo in both zones?

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Yes, of course, however, it would appear the OP wants to use the AVR to power all three zones without any external amplification.

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Thanks for the replies guys. Yes I"m looking for an AVR to power both Zone 2 &3. It looks like what I'm looking for is a 9.2 then. I've looked around and looks like the Yamaha RX-A2020, has 9.2 and Zone 2/3 capabilities. Though it's pretty pricey,a little out of the range I'm looking to spend. I see the A2010 has pretty much the same specs but no Airplay, and I would like to have airplay.

Any recommendations other 9.2 AVR with full networking capabilities (Airplay, media server, app for android phone)?
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If you can still find one, look for the older Denon AVR-4311CI (9.2) which will still meet your requirements.

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