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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...

 

Onkyo TX-NR616

Denon AVR-1913/1713

Pioneer VSX-823-K

 

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.

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1. If you have an iPad, with an AVR that features Airplay you would be able to wirelessly pass iTunes audio from the iPad to the AVR. You can also use a smart phone to wirelessly control the AVR from another room as well (eg. when you want to control the Zone 2 speakers and you're sitting out on the patio).
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.

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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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Denon models do not have built-in WiFi, and therefore do not include "wireless" as a feature, rather they must either be wired directly to the router/modem (as you plan on doing) or you can use another router set up in "bridge" mode to wirelessly connect to the main WiFi router. Once connected to the home's WiFi router in either configuration, you can then use your iPad or smart phone to wirelessly connect to the AVR.

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