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Receivers with seperate zone 2 connections and dynamic shift from front high/back

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I have outdoor speakers plus a 7.1 system. In shopping for a receiver, noticed some multi zone have seperate connections for zone 2 allowing me to keep all speakers connected. I also noticed that typically the more expensive units were the ones that did not have the seperate connections. Is there a recommendation here.

thanks
post #2 of 4
Hi,

Check out the comparison of Denon and Yamaha Receivers in crutchfield

http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Product/CompareTo.aspx?g=10420&cc=01&compareItems=01|033AV1713&compareItems=01|033AV1913&compareItems=01|022RXV673&compareItems=01|022RXV773

Filter with Multi-Room option if you want to see more models.

I would prefer Denon AVR-1913. But you can check higher models if you don't have budget constraints.

Go to the product details page in Crutchfield and see the heading "Multi-Room Audio"

For example,

Denon AVR-1713:

Multi-room Audio:
dual-room/dual-source output
line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room (separate amplification required for 2nd room speakers)
only analog audio sources can be played in the 2nd room

Denon AVR-1913:

Multi-room Audio:
dual-room/dual-source output
powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room (using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
only analog sources can be played in the 2nd room
Edited by zeeoo7 - 1/9/13 at 10:56pm
post #3 of 4
In the Denon series you're looking for a "CI" model (eg. 2113CI, 2313CI, or 3313CI) as they feature full 7.1 in the main zone plust Zone 2 pre-outs to use a 2CH amp to power Zone 2 speakers. Review post #2 in the Denon AVR-XX13 Owner's thread linked in my sig for a comparison of the various models. Otherwise if you don't want to use an additional amp for the Zone 2 speakers, the Onkyo 717 and higher models would allow wiring all 9 speakers to the AVR, reducing to 5.1 in the main zone when you wanted the AVR to power the Zone 2 speakers.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks all.

I was actually going the route of Onkyo 616 which allows wiring of all speakers and the unit automatically steps down to 5.1 when zone 2 is on. The only reason I was leaning to the 1912/13 Denon was for multiEQ.

thanks again
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