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My media room is pre-wired for 5.1 and also wired into that room are wires for two in-ceiling speakers for my kitchen. Based on this I think I need a 7.1 multizone system that I can split, using the 5.1 for the media room and the other 2 for the kitchen. My understanding is that this will allow me to simultaneously have both active. I'm new to all of this and need any system reccomendations I can get. My media room is 20x18'. Thank you!
 

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budget ?

is HDMI 1.4a (3D TV) important ?

Does the Zone B need to have access to a separate source (FM tuner, CD player, etc.) than the primary zone which would be playing movies ?

room size ?

is the pre-wiring the typical 5 wires hanging out of the ceiling for all in-ceiling speakers ?

can you get the "front 3" speakers down to in-room units or in-wall units so the speakers are at seated ear level positioned around the TV ?


questions, so many questions......
 

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Thanks for the questions. I guess that shows how new I am! Let me do my best to answer:

1) I'm guessing I'm on the lower-end. I was entertaining the S6300 from Onkyo but don't know enough about it. So, that probably puts me in the range for the receiver and speakers of
 

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that is a very "tight" budget for receiver and speakers, you may need to build out in stages.


receiver: Pioneer VSX-1020 http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-VSX-10...2447919&sr=8-1

Yamaha V1065 http://www.6ave.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=YAMRXV1065BL


speakers: focus on the "front 3" Polk Monitor 40 and a CS1 center http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...tion=monitor40 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ption=polk+cs1 sign up for Newegg's email sales flyer and watch for sales on these two items.


subwoofer may be the 2nd stage when the budget refills a bit - BIC F12 or Polk PSW505


surrounds - Polk Monitor 30's when you get around to it.


If you want to wall mount the Polk bookshelf speakers, look at the Pinpoint AM-40 series mounts that will hold the speakers in position http://www.amazon.com/Pinpoint-Clamp...449227&sr=1-16


of course, lots of other options but this is a start
 

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Thanks for the recommendations. Would you stay clear of the HTIB options out there, such as the Onkyo S6300? Also, what would you recommend for a smaller footprint speaker? Thanks in advance!
 
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