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dual zone receiver cabling

I'm looking to buy a dual zone receiver to provide decent audio to two different rooms without requiring two receivers.



Zone 1 has a new tv with one arc hdmi port. I plan to buy two bookshelf speakers. It has a firestick 4k.



Zone 2 has a and old tv with hdmi (no arc) and optical output. The room has 5 speakers but no subwoofer yet. The receiver will go in this room. It has a firetv 2 and an xbox 360.



The receiver I am looking at is https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1, but feel free to suggest something of better value.


Question #1 : How do I connect the tv in zone 1 to the receiver in zone2? Which ports? This is in two different rooms, do I need to get an hdmi cable through the walls. I'm thinking 1 inch conduit is not enough? And then I would also need two pairs of speaker wires for the bookshelf speakers correct? And if I want a subwoofer here, I would need an lfe cable as well?



Question #2 , Does the firestick 4k get plugged into the tv in zone1 or the receiver in zone2? I don't really understand ARC, so this part is confusing.


Question #3 . How do I connect zone tv equipment, tv, firetv and xbox 360 to the receiver?



Question #4 . Any advantages to gettin an arc capable tv on zone #2 ?
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First question is do you have an easy way to get cabling between the zones? If you have to open and patch a bunch of drywall, it'll be cheaper to get a 2nd receiver.

Edit: actually, just took a look at the receiver you're considering. It doesn't appear to have a zone 2 and only one HDMI out so you couldn't do what you proposed anyway.

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First question is do you have an easy way to get cabling between the zones? If you have to open and patch a bunch of drywall, it'll be cheaper to get a 2nd receiver.

Edit: actually, just took a look at the receiver you're considering. It doesn't appear to have a zone 2 and only one HDMI out so you couldn't do what you proposed anyway.

Thanks, I thought it was a dual zone receiver. Needing a second hdmi out makes more sense! IS this a dual zone: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...E7U53NWQ&psc=1 ? There appears to be two hdmi outs, but I can't tell.


As far as the rooms, they are one on top of the other so I could get wiring between them with about 14 ft of wire. Still, I have a feeling a second receiver or a cheap $30 amp would be a better solution. Just want to get a clear picture of the logistics and benefits of a dual zone receiver.
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Thanks, I thought it was a dual zone receiver. Needing a second hdmi out makes more sense! IS this a dual zone: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...E7U53NWQ&psc=1 ? There appears to be two hdmi outs, but I can't tell.


As far as the rooms, they are one on top of the other so I could get wiring between them with about 14 ft of wire. Still, I have a feeling a second receiver or a cheap $30 amp would be a better solution. Just want to get a clear picture of the logistics and benefits of a dual zone receiver.
Yes. This one has a zone 2 but it is audio only. Still only one HDMI out. You're better off getting 2 avrs.

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I don’t see how the proposed system can work well.

The proposed Zone 2 will only work if it is configured as Zone 1. That’s the only way you’ll bet a subwoofer connection, because Zone 2’s never have subwoofer capability, or bass management for that matter.

The proposed Zone 1 (which should really be Zone 2) with the TV, you’ll have to go back to the AVR to change the source input.

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Just get a cheap used older receiver for $50 or $75 bucks .... for the second zone. Simplifies a lot of issues, including remote control.

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