I have an Onkyo TX-SR707 which has 7.2 speaker output with a Zone 2. Forgive my ignorance but from what I read it looks like in order to utilize Zone 2, I have to give up 7.1 and drop down to 5.1.
What I have is 11 speakers, plus sub, in my HT room. I just installed a pair of indoor/outdoor speakers on my deck and ran the speaker wire down the wall and out behind my stereo cabinet. I was going to just hook them up to Zone 2 but that is when I realized I have to give up 7.1 in my HT in order to do so.
I will use the outdoor speakers maybe 5% of the time. I hate the thought of giving up 7.1 in my HT for that 5% of listening time. So, my question is, can I get some sort of "switch" or "speaker selector" to control whether my outdoor speakers or my HT room gets the "zone 2" output? I was thinking I could live with 5.1 in the HT for that 5% of the time I'm using the outdoor speakers. Otherwise, I'd have full 7.1 in the HT. Make sense? Any advice would be appreciated and if you have a recommendation on what to buy, please say so. Thanks!