11-channel speaker configuration
I was/am just getting ready to put in an order for the 3040, but decided to download and peruse the manual first. I'm now not so sure that I can make the configuration that I really want. The selectable configurations seem a bit weird to me.
Currently, with my RX-A800, I run a 7.1 (using Front Presence) in my room. (Note: I have a 3-ch external amp that I use on the L/C/R). I pre-wired for various other possible speaker placements.
First, I want to add a stereo pair (ceiling speakers) in the bonus/kid's play room adjacent to my main room. It looks to me like the only configuration that allows you to do this is the 7ch+Front+1Zone, which requires you to externally amplify the front mains. As I am/will be amplifying the main L/C/R anyway, I guess this works fine, except that I won't actually be using any rear surrounds which are part of this pre-set configuration.
The 2nd thing I planned to do was add 2 rear on-wall speakers, to make a 9.1 (or 2) in my main room, while using a stereo pair in my adjacent room. These would be at the same height as my (side) surrounds - not as high as the front presence - but likely more in line width-wise with the front presence, rather than the width of the front mains. I had thought that I could assign these as rear presence.
But, it appears there is no configuration for this; there appears to be no configuration that allows you to use rear "presence" speakers unless you are also using rear surround speakers (even though it says they don't output sound at the same time).
I could use the 7ch+Front+1Zone as above, but my rear speakers would not really be in the "suggested" rear speaker positioning. Also, without officially using the rear presence assignment in the AVR, my understanding is that I would not get DSP HD3, but only DSP 3D.
So, I guess the first question is, am I reading this correctly?
And, the 2nd question is, going with this configuration, and already using an external amp for the L/C/R, am I right in understanding that I don't actually need to add ANOTHER external amp to get the 11-ch configuration (I will actually only be using 8 of the 9 internal amps, though).
And, lastly, if I use this configuration, the extra zone is actually Zone 3 - which then can't support audio from an HDMI source? For now, the speakers in the extra room would just be for playback from music sources (CD player, streaming using Sonos Connect, etc.), but I might eventually want to put a TV in that room, and I do get music channels through my cable box. My understanding is that Zone 3 couldn't accept the audio from these HDMI sources.
Boston Acoustics Classic series L/C/R + front presence; Fluance XLBP Bipole surrounds; 2 x PSA XS15se
Yamaha RX-A3040; 3 x Emotiva XPA-100
Last edited by AC2011; 08-05-2014 at 07:40 AM.