Originally Posted by LuchoS
Yeah, I was looking at a Marantz Sr8012 which is an 11.2 multi-channel AVR, I thought with so many channels and number of speakers it supports that would be enough all my multi-zone needs but they (Magnolia) told me that this one would only cover for the Dolby Atmos 7.1 and wouldn't be enough channels for the number of speakers/zones that I have. What you're saying actually makes more sense in my head so I will look into the audiosource gear you mentioned.
For the outdoor source multichannel amp I was thinking about using the Sonance DSP 2-150 MKII because I believe the SR-1 satellite speaker system uses only 1 stereo channel to drive all 8 speakers and sub. But what I'm not sure is how the HEOS preamp would help with this. I read a little bit about Heos and as I understand it that's the equivalent of Sonos (i.e. Wifi speakers) from Marantz and Denon but honestly I don't know enough about it and don't know how/if it would help with the wired speaker setup I was planning.
What would be this HEOS preamp you're referring to? is that the equivalent to the Sonos ZP120 Zone Players?
yes, the HEOS pre-amp is equivalent to the sonos connect (zone player).
for your outside zone get an 8 to 12 channel amp ( for example: https://www.parts-express.com/dayton...ifier--300-815
) it has a "bus input". You hook up the pre-amp output to one of the bus inputs. you then tell each of the 6 zones ( 6 zones, 2 channels/ zone= 12 channel amp) on the amp which input to look at: bus1, bus 2 or line. The "bus" shares the output from the pre-amp to all the zones switched to that input. Each speaker gets home-run to a speaker terminal.
the benefit to HEOS here is that they have incorporated the music-over-wifi system( HEOS) into their receivers. Where as Sonos has not licensed their tech to any receiver maker, nor do they make "receivers" let alone support 7.1 or Atmos. so with HEOS you get the best of both worlds: 7.1 and all the goodness a receiver has for the main zone, as well as individual zone control, and syncing across all zones. it is not perfect, nor a anything-to-any-zone solution, but it is serviceable, functional and arguably cost effective as compared to more elaborate solutions.
That sonance amp is a nice 2 channel amp but is not what you need to drive you outside zone. you would want the sonance 1250
edit: I just researched the SR1 system. the amp you specified will drive it. but, dang! it is expensive. I think you could do at least as good, if not better for 1/3 the (list) price. granted, the sonnarray system has some aesthetic perks....