You're not going to be able to connect 9 speakers in 2 alternate zones without some kind of switchbox/speaker selector. The zone 2 output on the receiver is only for 2 speakers.
Originally Posted by david_nc /forum/post/18102558
I have 3 pairs of speakers (soon to be 4) on Zone 2 of my VSX-23. I use impedance-matching volume controls in each room. There are 2 jumpers on the volume control that are set for the number of speakers connected in parallel. This keeps the load around 8 ohms and allows local control of the speakers. Would something like this work for you?
Originally Posted by CPat /forum/post/18103070
david_nc: Thanks for your reply. I believe I currently have Niles volume controls (5 total for the 4 pairs of speakers plus single in the bathroom). That would most likely work but still not clear on how you have the speaker wire hooked up (your 3 pairs of speakers to the AVR).