I'm seeking help with the following issue I have with my RX-A2060 avr.
When I was purchasing this unit a few years back, the plan was to hook it up eventually in my new home, which back then a distant future dream
. A few years have passed and I will be moving in soon.
My needs for the system are as follows:
Main living room with 5.1.2 setup, where .2 is dolby atmos ceiling mounded speakers (Zone 1).
Bedroom - 2 speakers (Zone 2).
Kitchen - 2 speakers (Zone 3).
I don't need to use the system in all 3 zones at the same time, but I was hoping that avr's up to 3 zone support (technically up to 4, with 4th through hdmi out2) would fulfil my needs with ease.
And here's where I think I might have overestimated what this AVR is actually capable of.
My understanding was that I would be able to have the above setup with no problem but to my surprise when I started to dig through the speakers setup menu, I started to doubt I can actually get the setup I wanted.
If you look at the back of the avr, it actually says that Zones speakers (Extra Sp1 and 2) are fed from the same source as presence speakers.
Now here's the big question. If I get this correct it means that I would be able to connect only one extra zone, say Zone 2 on top of Zone 1?. But not 3 zones AND at the same time being able to have Atmos speakers in Zone 1 (living room)? Am I getting this right? If so, what are my options? Adding extra stereo amp and feed it through pre outs?
Interestingly enough, I guess it's not the maximum overall no of speakers that is an issue but the way these are being assigned across the zones. For example, with Zone 2 and Zone 3 hooked up to their designated speakers outputs (Extra Sp1 and 2), there's still 2 spare speaker outputs in Zone 1 that I don't need - Surround Back. I don't have plans to use these speakers at all.
So, here's where there might be an option to utilise those 'spare' pair of speakers as.. Dolby Atmos.
I also found the following statement in avr's manual:
To have a full effect of Dolby Atmos contents, we recommend using a speaker system with a ★ mark. However, you can also play back Dolby Atmos contents with the 7.1 system (using surround back speakers).
Does that mean that I could actually use Surround Back speakers for the ceiling and enjoy proper Dolby Atmos? If so, what is the difference between using Presence outputs and Surround Back outputs? Can someone please clarify this?
Thanks in advance