Why does the New System need to be connected to the Zone-2 of the existing system?
Also, what does this mean?
My "music room" is a slice of our Master Bedroom:
JBL Studio 530s powered by 2 channels of the Outlaw model 5000
Is this the system in the room you intend to add 2-Channels too? If it is, then why add a new 2-channels system? Why not just add Network Streaming
to that existing system?
This is where I'm confused, is it the above the system that needs to be replaced, or is the above a completely separate unrelated system?
Also somewhat confused as to why you are using a 5-channel Power Amp
for Stereo. Again, am I missing something?
Here are Denon Network Streaming Options -
Denon DNP-800NE Hi-Res Network Audio Player - $599 -
Denon HEOS Link - $349 -
Denon DRA-800H Network Receiver, 100w/ch, AM/FM, 4k HDMI, DAC, ... - $499 -
If the JBL/Outlaw is the system that needs to be improved, then just add Network Streaming.
Is there something I'm missing?
There are many other means of adding Network Streaming to an existing system - Yamaha, BlueSound, others... -
, they don't necessarily have to be HEOS, but that would mean adding one more Control App to your Phone/Pad/Tablet. Depending on what you choose, it may or may not show up on your HEOS App. But, if so, simply open up the appropriate App and you can play music.
But, if you are determined to have the Main AV system, and the other 2-Channel system able to be sync'ed for common music playback, then just get the Denon Hi-Res Network Player ($599).
The Denon DNP-800NE
has both FIXED and VARIABLE
outputs, so it could potentially be used as a Pre-Amp.
If you want a Stand Alone Pre-Amp plus Network Streaming, the can probably be arranged for a bit more than your stated budget -
But you could also just skip the Outlaw 5000
since most of it is being unused, and simply buy the 100w/ch Denon DRA-800HD Network Receiver ($499),
which also has Network Capability.
Sorry, but this is the Option that makes the most sense to me.
Again, I'm not 100% sure I understand the situation. If I am confused, please clarify.