I'm a rookie to this whole home theater stuff and have a question that someone more knowledgeable should be able to answer quickly. So to the point. I have a vsx-822, it has a preout and Dolby prologiciiz (far as I understand). Can I run an amp to the preout and then run a couple speakers to the amp as front Heights?
The 822 is a 5.1 AVR and therefore can power 5 speakers, FL/C/FR and "side" surrounds, SL/SR. If you connect an external 2CH amp, you can add 2 more speakers as "either" Front Height or Surround Back (based on an internal setting in the 822) to make it a 7.1 setup.