Originally Posted by JustBusiness
At any rate, I'd like to know if I can use a VSX 1021 to power an outdoor system. The system will have 6 speakers (or 7 if one can be made mono, but doubt this is the case), is there a setting I can use to have each pair of speakers (FR, FL, SR, SL, RR, RL) all be playing in stereo pairs, from one source?
In Extended Stereo, you'll have three stereo pairs:
Back Surround (or Front Wide or Front Height) L/R
And one mono summed channel:
You'll want to avoid trying to run MCACC. And just a word of warning if you've never used speakers outdoors before. When there are no room boundaries, you will be amazed by how little volume you'll get from speakers you thought were loud. It can be very easy to overdrive a consumer receiver trying to get loud sound outdoors, a situation that causes amplifiers to clip and fry speaker coils. Use very, very efficiant, robust speakers in outdoor installations that will be asked to produce anything louder than background levels.