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So I am about to buy a 7.1 receiver. I had planned on running 5.1 in the living room and having the second zone be the dining room. I thought of the idea of having zone 2 connect to a speaker selector so I could then run speakers to the patio and kitchen. So in my mind I could pick what zone go the power from zone 2. Not all at once.


When I research speaker selectors it seems like they all split the signal. Doesn't this drop the impedance of the receiver down and lower the volume over all?


While I would love to have sound in the living, dining, kitchen and patio at once I don't want to damage the receiver.


Is this what I am looking for in a product?
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


This is the receiver I plan to buy.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ers/VSX-1121-K
 

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Impedance matching means exactly that...


Two pairs of 8 ohm speakers through a NON impedance matching makes 4 ohms(exactly what you said you are worried about)...


Two pairs of 8 ohm speakers through an impedance matching keeps the ohm load at 8(which is exactly why it is called IMPEDANCE MATCHING)...
 

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About 10 yrs. ago I installed a Niles 6 speaker selector in my cousins house. It does 3 rooms, front porch, back porch and swimming pool. Originally we used an old Kenwood KR-7600 a yr ago he repalced it w/a Marantz AVR. The system has run w/out a hitch for the entire 10 yrs. Check out the Niles line, it's very reliable and easy to set up. BTW he's still using the Kenwood w/his Burhoes speakers. That was his setup in college back in 1978.
 

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Originally Posted by bigsherv /forum/post/20763886


So I am about to buy a 7.1 receiver. I had planned on running 5.1 in the living room and having the second zone be the dining room. I thought of the idea of having zone 2 connect to a speaker selector so I could then run speakers to the patio and kitchen. So in my mind I could pick what zone go the power from zone 2. Not all at once.


When I research speaker selectors it seems like they all split the signal. Doesn't this drop the impedance of the receiver down and lower the volume over all?


While I would love to have sound in the living, dining, kitchen and patio at once I don't want to damage the receiver.


Is this what I am looking for in a product?
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2


This is the receiver I plan to buy.
http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...ers/VSX-1121-K

To answer your question, yes that or other similar products should work just fine, just be sure to activate protection circuit when more than 1 set of speakers are in use (in zone 2)
 
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