Originally Posted by Madmax67
Just wanted to provide a quick update. I have a temporary setup running, but never got the new M&K SUR-55T speakers to use for my surrounds and rear surrounds. (Had to cancel the order after getting the runaround for three weeks about why they weren't shipping.)
I'm still looking at options for those speakers, but am now planning to add two more ceiling speakers, for a 7.2.4 configuration.
I realize this requires another amplifier to drive all the speakers, and I'm contemplating the following to avoid buying another piece of equipment. I already have my old Onkyo TX-SR875 set up to drive my house speakers, using the Zone 2 pre outs from the X4400h to the DVD input on the Onkyo. I then hooked up the L/R front speakers on the Onkyo to a Niles Speaker Selector
, which is connected to three pairs of speakers in the house (not my HT speakers). Everything works fine.
But I think I should be able to use the Onkyo to drive the extra two speakers for my 7.4.4 setup, AND drive the house speakers. If I use pre outs to the Onkyo (maybe the CD input), and connect the two extra speakers as the L/R mains, I should be able to use zone 1 on the Onkyo to drive the two extras I need, and then use zone 2 on the Onkyo to drive the house speakers.
Assuming I am correct, and that this will work, I need to decide whether to use the Onkyo to drive the Height 2 channel, or whether I should use it to drive the L/R front speakers. My inclination is to use the Onkyo (140 watts/channel) to drive the fronts, and let the X4400h drive the other 9. The Onkyo in Pure Direct mode should have plenty of power to drive the fronts, even if I'm using my house speakers as zone 2. The Onkyo will still be using only 4 amps vs. the 9 the x440h will be using for everything else.
Am I missing something obvious, or does it seem like this should work? Thanks again for all the help!