Originally Posted by BingleyJoe
A couple of things I've been wondering -- sorry if these are simplistic or have already been answered (I'm having trouble keeping track of which feature/limitation goes with which AVR lately
- If I wanted to bi-amp my L/R mains with this amp, how many zones would I be left with?
- Can the zones be fed audio
from different sources simultaneously, or do they just repeat the program playing though the main zone?
The manual is annoyingly unclear on this. Essentially, you can use the two channels of the "back surround/amp assign" speaker terminals for one of four purposes:
-7.1 in zone 1
-5.1 in zone 1 and bi-amping your front speakers
-5.1 in zone 1 and power zone 2 speakers
-5.1 in zone 1 and power zone 3 speakers
You have 3 zones no matter what, but it comes down to whether the receiver powers your zone 2/3 speakers or if you use the zone 2/3 analog line-outs with self-powered speakers. I have my SR7005 set to 5.1 in zone 1, power my zone 2 speakers, and line out to a set of self-powered speakers in zone 3. The iPhone app is pretty useful for controlling your other zones when you are in different rooms.
You can play different sources simultaneously on the different zones, but zones 2 and 3 can only use sources from analog or optical inputs. HDMI sources can only be played on zone 1.
BTW, I also use Totem speakers in my setup. I have three Tribe 1's in front and two Mask in-walls for surround with a REL T2 sub. I'm really happy with the sound.