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need help on receiver ideas/way to power multiple zones

by brodeur78 / December 11, 2012 12:22 AM PST

Apologize for being super amateur at is what I'd like to do:

I would like to run a 2 zone receiver where I can watch TV/etc in one zone and the second zone will be outdoor speakers (thinking 9 or 10 speakers). Thinking polk atrium 5 for outside (they will be all around the house, maybe 5 around the pool and 5 in other areas). The interior will just be something like a 5 speaker surround system (polk I'm guessing)....

for the receiver, I am thinking the Denon AVR-3313CI....

I think I set the outdoor speakers up to Zone 2 but I'm guessing I need both another amp and a speaker selector for the outdoor speakers?...I would like to be able to turn on/off outdoor zones so I think i need the speaker selector...I also dont think the Denon can power all the outdoor speakers on zone 2 as well?...Im guessing a basic amp for outdoor plugged into the zone 2 of the Denon?

I really appreciate any help/thoughts/ideas on all of this...

also...on the outdoor speakers, how do you set zone 2 to be "stereo" to all speakers? I dont think I will have "left" and "right" speakers outside??...

I have a basic idea of items needed but it is hard to conceptualize how this will work...

thanks so much for any help...

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Did you look in the manual? ;)
by Pepe7 / December 11, 2012 3:07 AM PST

It's on pp.103-104, referring to the pre-out to a secondary amplifier, like you mentioned. A speaker selector would be connected to the secondary amp, and the respective speaker pairs would be wired to the speaker selector.

AFAIK the outdoor speakers, set up in pairs, would not have any other setting besides stereo. It would be a source playing in stereo through all or simply some of the pairs that you select (or turn off completely). Run through the Denon manual too regarding the limitations of what types of sound may be played back in zone 2.

There are some threads not too far back (month or so) where I gave tips on equipment for the same sort of zone 2/speakers/selector/amp that you are describing here. Click on my user name and scroll back through my prior posts a few pages, etc.

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thank you
by brodeur78 / December 11, 2012 5:36 AM PST

thank you -- do you have any ideas on a secondary amp to drive 10 atrium 5's? I'm assuming it doesn't need to be anything special and the speaker selector can be relatively basic as well...just need maybe 3 zones...

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See my third paragraph above ;)
by Pepe7 / December 11, 2012 2:32 PM PST
In reply to: thank you

I had posted some specific info/suggestions on this already.

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