I'm having a little trouble trying to figure out what options I have for running 5.1 in two rooms (not simultaneously) without having to run two receivers, etc...
I have a home theater with a 5.1 setup but I'm working on setting up the living room and would like to cut down on cost by using the same receiver, PS3, media pc etc... As far as video goes, I think an active HDMI to Cat5 splitter off the receiver's HDMI out to the two TVs will take care of that. The one thing I can't quite nail down is how to power the second set of 5.1 speakers using the same receiver as the theater room.
Right now I have a VSX819 Pioneer but the speaker B only outputs to stereo. So I know I need to get rid of this receiver (I'll move it to the bedroom) but rather than buy two receivers for the theater and the living room, is there a receiver out there that does multi zone with 5.1 on each zone? I guess it doesn't need to be more channels, just have more speaker outputs that are switched to. Or maybe there is an alternative solution?
The goal is to use an IR repeater in the living room to control everything in the theater room so a manual speaker switch is probably not optimal.
Thanks for your help!