Originally Posted by danpetit
Makes perfect sense, but it is advertised as an 11 channel system. I have an extra amp, so I guess what I'm really looking to do is see if this configuation is attainable with an external 2 channel amp added to the mix. Presumable I could use with to power zone 2.
actually, it's not
because you can't output front heights & front wides at the same time. Pioneer specifically says 9.2 not 11.2. you're making an assumption based on the number of speaker connections not the way it really works, sorry.
and no, based on all available information from Pioneer, this year's models cannot output 11 channels at the same time, even with an external amp. not only does all the information published by Pioneer says this, I have personally asked the head of marketing at Pioneer US, Chris Walker, known on the forum as Walkamo.
even if you use an external switcher to switcher one pair of channels between biamps, or sides or backs to the B set, you'd have a MCACC calibration that wouldn't apply to the B's so you'd have to turn the MCACC presets completely off, negatively impacting your main room use.
on page 35 of the manual, in discussing adding ext amps, there's a statement that the sound from the surround back channels depends on how you've configured the speaker system setup settings shown on page 98. and you are back to square 1 since 7.2 biamp + sp B is not an option. the preamp assignments are governed by the same speaker options in the setup menu, as opposed to Denon 4520 where the preamps are free assignable.
AFAIK, the only receiver that has 11 ch preamp output with the ability to send 11 ch's simultaneously are Denon's 4311 and new 4520. And I'm not 100% sure just pretty sure
If you check Denon's manual, you will find 11 ch preamp assign options. I don't know how Onkyo's 5010 works since I have not thoroughly read its manual nor owned an Onkyo.
you are most welcome to try and if you succeed, please let us know how you did it Edited by ss9001 - 12/17/12 at 4:50pm