Originally Posted by jnorth1a
I'm very interested in upgrading my AVR, with ability to have multi-zone audio and MusicCast. I downloaded and started to read through the owner's manual trying to decipher if 4 audio zones is possible with the RX-A2060 or the RX-A3060. Based on what I can tell, it looks like only 3 zones might be possible?
--What options would I have to get the 4th zone (and additional ones in the future)?
--Do I need to get an external amplifier to add more zones? Would I need to add the MusicCast WXC-50 preamp? That just seems a little silly if I paying for a nice Yamaha AVR.
--I could even be happy if I could have more than 2 speaker connections in Zone2 or Zone3, since my kitchen/dining rooms are open, and I don't think 2 speakers will spread the sound evenly enough. Is that possible since there are only 2 speaker connections for Zone2 or 3?
Thanks in advance for any assistance. I really enjoy reading these threads--I've learned so much in such a short time, but always room to learn more!
In a nutshell there's 3 audio zones available for the RXA2060 / RXA3060.
Zone 4 is an independant HDMI output (to connect to another TV or AVR).
To my knowledge, there's no 4 audio zone AVR's on the market... 11 channel yes, but not 4 independant audio zones.
Next - why do you want the amp to do so many zones?
You can buy a single zone amp + 3 WXA50's and achieve the same result AND more!
Let me explain.
MusicCast can stream any source to any room.
However, when you use an on-line streaming service like Spotify, the app sees the receiver as one device... not a multi-zone device.
If someone is watching a Blu-ray in the main 5.1 zone and someone wants to play Spotify in Zone 2 or Zone 3, then as soon as they attempt to connect Spotify they will immediately take over the 5.1 zone, as well as the zone they want to send Spotify to!
This is the same with all brands of amplifiers I have ever used.
Again, it's because there's only one network card / IP address on the receiver, meaning Spotify only sees one amp... not a multi-zoned beast.
Once Spotify is playing, you CAN switch the main zone back to the Blu-ray movie... but it'll annoy people!
However, if you stack WXA50 amps instead, you'll get autonomous network connectivity when it comes to streaming Spotify etc AND the ability to link all the sources via MusicCast.
Autonomy is your friend in multi-room audio, trust me.