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Help with a 2 zone setup in a recently purchased condo!

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Hi Everyone!

So I am new to this site and am posting here at the behest of my much more knowledgeable brother as he has assured me that you are all experts and do not have an agenda other then trying to help other amateurs such as myself.

So here is my (relatively simple) issue. I just bought a new condo that has been pre-wired for speakers in both the family room (zone 1) and the master bedroom (zone 2). The condo actually came with a Denon AVR 1912 receiver - which from my understanding is pretty decent. As it is, the builder set everything up to be wired through the front hall closet, which is where the receiver and all of the speakers are currently running, as well as my xbox, cable, apple TV etc...all of the basics.

I am simply wondering what the best solution would be in terms of getting a remote to help me control all of this. As I do not have line of site, I am obviously going to need a remote with RF > IR capabilities. In terms of setting up the family room - I'm not too worried about that... I believe just about any remote could easily handle this (I actually have a Logitech Harmony 900, however I broke that bad boy in the move frown.gif and its 3+ years old). Where the predicament comes in, is how do I best optimize the speakers that are running to the master bedroom? Further, is there a remote system that will allow me to control these speakers in conjunction with the remote system that is being utilized in the family room?

I would like to be able to be able to run my cable through my bedroom speakers (however my cable box is currently located in the bedroom and not the closet.....) however am more concerned about trying to get something such as an Ipod or simply music running through those speakers without having to go out to the front closet every time I want to change the channel. Less some brilliant idea's on here - I am almost stuck with just pulling those speakers off of the central receiver and simply setup a second receiver in the bedroom (I would love to avoid this though). Does anyone have some good solutions on how to best integrate my audio setup onto one remote system?

Some extra credit questions for those of you who are feeling super helpful today:

1. My condo is small (1100 sq ft) thus the speakers in my family room will also be used for music and entertaining thus I was wondering what the best solution for say an in-wall mp3 dock or bluetooth setup would be? Most of my friends have iPhones so getting a sort of dock on the wall would be really cool, however I have joined the 21st century and am currently rockin' the galaxy - so an Apple specific product is probably not something that I would want.

2. Any good pointers about the Denon AVR 1912? I know this should probably be an entirely separate thread and/or already is, however when I took possession of my apartment the receiver came with no instructions or remote(?!?!?)...thus I cant even get my Ipod to play via the USB port. I know that universal remotes don't always work well w/ receivers as the receiver remotes tend to be pretty product specific, and I am wondering if it would be best to ensure that I have the actual Denon remote in the event I need some specific sort of function keys etc...? I keep seeing mention of it being networked, and I have since found the instruction manual online but have not yet had a chance to read through it. If anyone has some super cool highlights for my lazy ass that would also be appreciated.
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Where the predicament comes in, is how do I best optimize the speakers that are running to the master bedroom?

Not sure what you mean by this. But since the receiver is a 7.1 multizone, you can run the 2 bedroom speakers off the AVR.
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Further, is there a remote system that will allow me to control these speakers in conjunction with the remote system that is being utilized in the family room?

You could use one of the Logitech remotes that has IR and RF. Then use the RF to IR accessory for the devices in the closet. Alternatively, the Denon receiver can be controlled via you iPad / iPhone, assuming you connect it to the network.
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I would like to be able to be able to run my cable through my bedroom speakers (however my cable box is currently located in the bedroom and not the closet.....) however am more concerned about trying to get something such as an Ipod or simply music running through those speakers without having to go out to the front closet every time I want to change the channel. Less some brilliant idea's on here - I am almost stuck with just pulling those speakers off of the central receiver and simply setup a second receiver in the bedroom (I would love to avoid this though). Does anyone have some good solutions on how to best integrate my audio setup onto one remote system?

So.... you'll want to run the cable box HDMI to your bedroom TV and the box's sound out into your AVR. Then you'll just need to tell the AVR to grab the sound from that cable box. The remove... again, check out the logitech remotes. You can program macros on some of them that will help you easily accomplish these tasks.
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I was wondering what the best solution for say an in-wall mp3 dock or bluetooth setup would be?

Skip the dock. Your receiver will let you plug an iPhone into it already; also, you can stream your iTunes to the device, along with internet radio stations (e.g. Pandora).
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Any good pointers about the Denon AVR 1912?

Sorry, no good pointers. Just read through the manual and you should be fine.
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