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New house - need suggestions on receivers, speakers for indoor and outdoor. My plan inside!

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey -
Got a question, and need you pros advice smile.gif

We just moved into a house, and currently have the TV in the living room, using just the TV speakers. Well we've having some work done on the ceiling, where they're going to be patching up some areas, so seemed like a good time to get some satellite speakers installed at each corner of the room, and get the wires run to the cabinet in the front center.

I need suggestions on, first off, which speakers to get. We have a cabinet that the TV sits in, so for the two front speakers we could put stand speakers one on each side of the cabinet, and the center channel in the cabinet, OR we could mount satellite speakers for the two front channels at the corner of the room (about 7 or 8 feet from the cabinet to the front left and front right corner).

Then, second, need suggestions on which receiver to get. If it's best to get a 'pre-bundled' receiver with speakers, i'm open to that too. In my previous residence I built a media room / home theater from the ground up, but not really looking for anything that extreme - we use this living room for casual TV and movie watching. Do want good sound for when we do have people over and want to have background music playing, or when we watch a movie.

Third, and this may make it a little more confusing -
The room directly behind the living room is the outdoor area, where we have plans to build an outdoor kitchen next to our pool, etc. I was hoping to have an amplifier in the same cabinet in the living room with a 3.5mm audio input jack running through the wall to the outside (i'd keep it in a waterproof GFCI box or something) so we can plug an ipod in and get our music outside. Would be great to have the 3.5mm jack as well as an ipod cable, where ipods can get charged while playing through their playlists, etc.

I would like to have an audio input switch inside in the cabinet, where we can select if we want the outside speakers (and amplifier) to play the same music we're listening to inside, or if we want to operate inside and outside independently (or in the event we want to have nothing played inside, just playing outside).

As a bonus, if we could have a panel outdoors that controls the VOLUME, that would be great too.

WHat are your thoughts?
post #2 of 10
1) Budget? Check the speaker threads… way too much to get into in a single post.

2) & 3) AVR with Zone 2 capabilities like the Denon AVR-2113ci. If you network the AVR you can use a smartphone/tablet to control the volume, Pandora, iTunes, etc.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Speakers I'm not as worried about as I am the receivers. On budget, I don't mind spending a few hundred $ on each receiver, but this just needs to be a decent setup, not a top of the line.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Looks like the Denon is ~$700. That's a little more than I wanted to spend if possible.

I like the idea of being able to control playing functions (volume, skipping forward, etc) from an iphone or ipod a lot though. Would be nice to have that feature on the receiver(s)
post #5 of 10
The 1913 may work but you'll need an amp for zone 2 iirc.

Check that thread for details.

Any network avr should have the smartphone app. I know denon and onkyo do. Haven't checked the others.
post #6 of 10
Check out the denon 23xx. Two zones with airplay for use with your digital music.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
A question about these dual zone receivers... I'm looking at the Yamaha RX-V773WA

Questions:

- To control volume, can you control them independently when you have both zones? As in, i want the living room (where the receiver is) to be playing soft, but outside to be turned up
- Do i need a separate power amp for the outside?
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by paul_nylund View Post

A question about these dual zone receivers... I'm looking at the Yamaha RX-V773WA

Questions:

- To control volume, can you control them independently when you have both zones? As in, i want the living room (where the receiver is) to be playing soft, but outside to be turned up
- Do i need a separate power amp for the outside?

with zone 2 you will be able to control the volume separately, you do not need a separate power amp.
post #9 of 10
For the outdoor area, take a look at Rain Case. My family got me one last year and we have really enjoyed it. It is a weather resistant enclosure for the television and it doesn't interfere with the high definition video or sound. We eat or dinner on the deck while we watch the evening news or a movie. It can be locked too with my own lock so it is secure.

To take a look at the Rain Case and our video, go to:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/raincase/rain-case-tv-entertainment-for-your-great-outdoors

Following are the media sites that are featuring the case:
· Facebook: www.facebook.com/raincasellc

· Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/rain-case-llc

· CBS Detroit: detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/02/21/new-michigan-business-offers-weatherproof-enclosures-for-tvs/

· InventorSpot: inventorspot.com/articles/when_it_rains_your_outdoor_television_needs_rain_case
post #10 of 10
In a related matter, I will be using an Onkyo w/ zone 2 to power an outdoor pair of speakers. My goal is dispersion, not directional/stereo listening. What AVR mode should I run them on? Full Mono, All Ch Stereo, etc? Also, I saw someone mention dual input wiring to get the desired effect, but I thought the receiver would handle this. Thoughts?

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