Denon x4500h Atmos + Zone2 issue
I have just upgraded from Pioneer Elite SC-61 to the Denon x4500h. I have a zone 2 stereo pair on the deck, and just had 4 x atmos speakers installed in the ceiling. I have Definitive Technology center, fronts with built in subs, bipolar surrounds, and the new 4 ceiling speakers. No rear surrounds planned.
Where I apparently went wrong is that it seems that with this receiver I just bought, I cannot use the Zone2 function since I have atmos speakers. When I bought the receiver a couple of weeks ago, before the atmos speakers were installed, I configured the zone2 to be connected to the rear surround output. But now that the atmos speakers are installed, I apparently can't use the rear surround for that function. I'm really disappointed, and it seems that I now have to buy a two channel amp and use pre-out. Can someone confirm this?
Also, we pretty much never care to have the same thing playing in both places, and just want the outdoor speakers to be used for listening to music by the pool. That being said, maybe I'm better off buying a completely separate 2 channel device (amp, receiver??) that has airplay capability and can be selected, instead of having to choose the receiver, then choose the zone, and all that nonsense. In fact, maybe I prefer that since there were a couple of times where we were blasting music outside without realizing it, since the zone was turned on. Any recommendations on that topic?