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surround sound receiver for background music

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I have an old Sony 5.1 receiver and 4 x100w satellite speakers for it that I don't use. I've been thinking it might be nice to hook them up to the ceiling above my patio for outdoor background music. The space is covered and I'm in SoCal (no rain/weather to speak of) so I'm not concerned about the speakers being outside, and I have good access to run the wires where I need to. I'm just wondering though, will a surround sound speaker play music back from 4 speakers ok? I'd just want the same sound coming out of each speaker...not the receiver trying to push different sound elements through different speakers - how would I hook the speakers to the receiver to obtain that? My input source would likely be simple RCA inputs from a cable box (set to music channel) - or perhaps an optical (toslink) from the cable box...any advice?


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Most receivers have a Multi CH Stereo setting. Check the Owner's manual to confirm.

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Most receivers have a Multi CH Stereo setting. Check the Owner's manual to confirm.


thanks - it does - so on that setting, does the same sound get pushed to each speaker output? meaning I'd get the same sound from the center channel as from surround-left for example?


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The same stereo content is played on each of the two L/R speakers and mixed to the center channel.

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The same stereo content is played on each of the two L/R speakers and mixed to the center channel.
thanks!! OK - so if I were to hang 4 speakers in a line across a wall, in terms of creating good background music, do you think attaching them to just the left & right speaker outputs on the receiver is the best way to go? ie. hang them: Surr. Left, Surr Right, Front Left, Front Right?


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Yes....If you only have 4 speakers then don't connect the center channel.

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Yes....If you only have 4 speakers then don't connect the center channel.
great - thanks for the help guys!! As I'm looking at what I have - I'm probably going to have runs in the 40-60ft range. I only have 18gauge wire, which I know would be well sub-par typically for such long runs - but with the intension being just background music, do you think it'll sound ok? Also, I guess these satellite speakers would normally be paired with a sub - which won't be present - big issue?


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You're gonna want thicker wire, probably 14ga as a minimum. See the chart in the link below.

http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm

you can run your system w/o a sub, they'll probably sound a little thin tough, especially if they're satellite speakers.

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