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Use 7.1 receiver for 2.0 use?

by AtvandenHout / July 28, 2011 3:11 PM PDT

I have 10 (2 x 5) medium quality wall speakers located in 5 different rooms in my house and I need to buy a receiver to play the radio / CD's / I-pod music via these speakers. I was thinking about buying a 2.0 receiver and connecting the 5 sets of speakers (combining the wires) to the speaker output connections. There is not much choice in 2.0 receivers and I was wondeing if I can use a 7.1 home theater system and connect the 5 sets of speakers to this unit. Can I do that? Rembember, I just want "stereo". No surround sound!

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Use 7.1 receiver for 2.0 use?
by 3coursedinner / July 29, 2011 4:48 AM PDT

On a 7.1 AVR, just select stereo.
Most AVR's don't have A/B speaker type controls -- now they're called zones. Once you go past 1 zone (in addition to the main speakers, either surround or 2.0) most AVR's don't power additional zones -- you need another AVR or a power amp connected to the original AVR to power them.
For what its worth -- I wouldn't connect multiple speakers to each speaker post.

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Use 7.1 receiver for 2.0 use?
by AtvandenHout / July 29, 2011 9:34 AM PDT

Thanks for your advise. I understand that I need to get another 7.1 AVR just to power the in-wall speakers. So just to confirm, setting the AVR to STEREO and using 5 of of the 7 speaker outputs should work just fine?

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No. Re-read what was written
by Pepe7 / July 29, 2011 1:54 PM PDT

You could only power one group of surround speakers, and a second 'zone' that includes a pair of stereo speakers from a single (typical) 7.1 ch AVR. Under no circumstances would you schlepp five pairs to a single AVR.

For that many pairs of stereo speakers you need a distributive amplifier and control system. Here's an example:

http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Go-37022-Distribution-Amplifier/dp/B000O7GSIW

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8-Zone Audio Distribution Amplifier Module
by AtvandenHout / July 29, 2011 3:31 PM PDT

OK. Thanks again. Sorry to keep bugging you but I don't know much about this stuff. Again to clarify, do I put the 37022 20WPC 8-Zone Audio Distribution Amplifier Module (ZADAM) between a standard (2.0) amplyfier/receiver (AR) and my speakers? I.e., run 4 speaker wires (2x2) from AR to the-ZADAM and then run 20 wires (2 x10) from the ZADAM to my 5 sets of speakers?

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8-Zone Audio Distribution Amplifier Module
by 3coursedinner / July 30, 2011 12:14 AM PDT

I'm not familiar with these whole house technology. From what I could find out, the unit only has speakers out and 1 line in (I think rca type). If you want to put this unit in between, I guess you could connect an audio out on the AVR to the unit and select the source on the AVR.

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You need to look at the mfctr's web site
by Pepe7 / August 1, 2011 1:11 AM PDT

Always see the schematics from the manufacturer regarding the install. Just pop over to their respective web sites for the gory details.

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by AtvandenHout / July 29, 2011 3:17 PM PDT
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