Hi guys, long time lurker here. I have a couple quick questions i hope you can help with. i would like a mid level receiver, 5.1 is fine... it will be hard wired to my home network (does this eliminate the need for Air-Play?) and i would like to hook speakers up to the outside as a second zone.
1) I keep seeing Air-Play mentioned, why would i need this? My network is windows based, with my MP3's on an Iomega SAN. Is there a way to play them from a receiver?
2) If i got a receiver with "line through second zone" , not powered, would i have to go out and buy a second receiver to power them? I see some receivers have a second powered zone. That seems like the logical option for most, although reviews i have read seem to indicate this is not a feature most people are concerned with?
3) Wireless - would i need this if i am wired to my network?
Here are some of the models i have been researching...
Thank you for your help.
EDIT: Let me add that i have a new iPad and an iPad mini... im just wondering if that is the best way to interface with an audio system these days.
2. Correct. A Zone 2 pre-out would require connecting to an external amp, while a 7.1 (5.1/Zone 2) AVR like the 1913 would be able to power the Zone 2 speakers without the external amp. Note though that the 1713 is only a 5.1 AVR with Zone 2 pre-outs so an external amp would be required with that model.
3. Yup. See #1.
Hi JD, thanks for the reply. I see a 1913 refurb for a decent price, but that model doesnt have wifi, but when i watched the review on cnet they said all that was necessary to control it with a phone or iPad is the ethernet connection. im confused, this looks like what i'd need for my set up.
EDIT: Nevermind!!! :) My wireless router would provide the connection....
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