Setup help needed for 7.2.4 Atmos (reciever related)
I am needing some clarificaiton on this new tech im getting. I am upgrading from a Marantz SR5006 to an onkyo RZ830 and want to set up the available 7.2.4 Atmos. I understand the amp can process 11 channels but the amp only has the ability to output 9 channels onboard. For the other two channels I need another 2 channel external amp.
Knowing this, I can simply go out and buy a tiny 2 channel amazon amp and im sure it will do the trick to power a set of cieling mounted speakers. I assume I can also use my Marantz to do the same?
Initially I was going to sell the Marantz, but since its not worth that much and factoring in the cost of buying an Amazon 2 channel amp maybe it makes the most sense to keep it and try to use it instead.
Theoretically, I get the setup principal but its just the practical setup I have a few questions about. I have attached photos of the backs of the RZ830 and my SR5006
1) It looks like my SR5006 has analog inputs for each channel in a 7.1 Setup ( RZ830 does not? is that normal ) so if I wanted to power the remaining 2 height channels I simply use the RCA outputs on the PRE OUT section of the RZ830 and plug them into any of the RCA 7.1CHN INPUTS. Then run the corresponding speaker cable to the height speakers from the SR5006.
2) if this is right, how do I setup the SR5006 to pass an untouched and clean signal? wouldnt the reciever have its own processing and sound, making the heights sound different? would it be better to buy a simple standard 2 channel amp?
3) if I have the SR5006 to use, maybe I should use it to power other speakers? maybe use it to power the front two, or the front 3? or should I let the RZ830 handle it. Would there be ANY benefit in using the SR5006 for any other than the 2 height speakers ?
I am sure I will have more questions but ill post as they come to me. lets start with this.
Thanks in advance !