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A/V Receiver For Speakers In Multiple Rooms

by johnb1 / November 9, 2012 6:40 PM PST


I'm moving into a new home that has surround built-in in the living room and ceiling speakers in 4 other rooms throughout the house. Connections for all these speakers are in the wall in the living room. I need a A/V receiver that can handle the surround (5.1) as well as the 4 other pairs of ceiling speakers. I'm assuming the 4 other sets of speakers would be front (type) speakers, so I want a receiver powerful enough so there's no lose of volume in each room.

Any suggestions would be appreicated.
Thank you!

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What's your budget?
by Pepe7 / November 10, 2012 2:22 PM PST

Essentially, you will need the following equipment to get the ball rolling if you want the volume to be adequate enough in the other spaces

-AV receiver that provides what you need for the main surround viewing/listening space; ideally this will have L/R pre-out to connect a second amp. Zone 2 options on some models might not always work, FWIW.


-A separate dedicated amplifier to run the four pairs of speakers in different rooms and keep the volume adequate/lighten the load from the main receiver


-Speaker selector with impedance matching that can handle at least four pairs. Some of them can also help with playing back more than once source in the four different rooms.


*Monoprice may have some equivalent products as well. Check Crutchfield as well.

I suggest visiting AVS forum too and getting more of the gory details there. There's a whole treasure trove of discussion threads you can search through.

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Thank You
by johnb1 / November 11, 2012 2:25 AM PST
In reply to: What's your budget?

Thanks for this info very helpful!

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One more thing
by Pepe7 / November 11, 2012 10:49 AM PST
In reply to: Thank You

I forgot to add, that sometimes people are pushed into using a receiver with zone 2/zone 3 options, but they don't always work well, depending on what the rest of your equipment/system needs are. Ditto for A+B speakers. You have to dig a little to get it just right for your particular situation, especially if your budget is somewhat limited. AVS forum is a great resource in this regard.

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