Page 31 of the manual is entitled "Connecting 11.1-channel speakers". It shows a diagram of 11 speakers connected to the 11 speaker terminals. But the receiver has only 7 amplifiers, so what's going on? Does the receiver switch the amps to whichever channels are carrying content at any given time? What if a signal truly has 11 channels of content at the same time? How does this work in practice? Does a channel abruptly drop to silence?
Yes, I'm a newbie to multi-channel stuff. I've always just used 2.1 channels.