Originally Posted by jrallen81
Ok everyone, because you were so helpful I'm going to lay out the whole complicated thing, and hopefully you can keep helping me! No good deed goes unpunished.... I need help figuring it out!!
I got excited and bought components based on deals that came up, now I have to make it work. I can return any of the components still. I am on a budget and trying to avoid paying anyone for install or anything high priced. Also I'm not an audiofile (yet
I have: Onkyo NR-509; 2 Sonos PLAY:5 speakers and bridges; two old floor speakers.
Right now I have the Onkyo in use as a stereo receiver in my living room and that's it. My wife wants music in the kitchen, living room if possible, and outdoor speakers. She wants everything on one system.
1. Buy 2nd amp and outdoor speakers. Use Onkyo for now as a stereo receiver with 2 zones. Return sonos: Play items. Have music in living room and outdoors only.
2. Move Onkyo to TV room and use for surround sound, keep Sonos for in house music, buy connect:amp for the outdoor speakers (I view this as prohibitively expensive)
Is there any way for me to have music on one system with simple controls withough breaking the bank? I can give up the idea of surround sound in the TV area. Seems silly to have an AV receiver used as a stereo receiver, but oh well.
thank you SO MUCH!
Okay, from this explanation I think option 2 is a far better option. Use the Receiver for your home theater (TV), and attach your two floor standing speakers to that system and build on it later for a 5.1 as money comes available.
Use the Sonos 2 for you living room and kitchen.
Then connect your Zone 2 pre outs to a cheap amp that will connect to your outdoor speakers through regular speaker cable.
There is no easy way to use the Sonos Speakers with your receiver unless you buy their Sonos Connect Box which you would instead connect to the zone 2 pre-outs and broadcast to the Sonos speakers through that device.
Is the ability to have the speakers be Wireless a necessity or a nicety?
I am not sure how much you paid for your Sonos Equipment but here is my full suggestion on what you can do to play music in multiple rooms. In this situation your receiver will be used for you home theater. Your zone two will play the same music from to multiple rooms on self powered speakers. I recommend these http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Studiophile-Powered-Monitor-Speakers/dp/B0051WAM1O/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1357337337&sr=1-1&keywords=m-audio+av30
Return your Sonos speaker systems.
Keep your 509 and set it up in your TV Room.
Now you will use your Zone 2 and a few sets of these (they are cheap and ugly but can work well if hiddenhttp://www.amazon.com/Channel-Wireless-Transmitter-Receiver-Extension/dp/B005N6ICXS/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1357337550&sr=1-2&keywords=wireless+audio+transmitter
You can buy a set for each room you want audio in. Just set the extra transmitters aside. Now set the receiver and each transmitter to the same audio channel.
Connect the Zone 2 pre-out to the Transmitter, plug it in and you are ready on that part. Now connect and place the wireless receivers that are all set to the same channel in each room you want audio.
Connect the wireless receivers to the powered speak, turn the powered speaker on, and you are good as gold.
Now any audio you play through Zone 2 will play through your speakers.
This solution will cost you 100 per pair of speakers,not including outdoor speakers and 50 per room for wireless solution. Rocketfish has some good self powered outdoor speakers that could connect to this same system if you keep the wireless receiver indoors and run the RCA cable outside to the speakers. Do note, I have not tried this solution in practice, it is mostly theory.