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#361883 - 12/26/11 12:39 PM Multi Zone - custom installation help.
mrspeeed Offline
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Registered: 07/10/11
Posts: 80
Loc: Cayman Islands
I have ordered 2 pairs of Algonquin's for my deck/pool area. I need to figure out how to power them. The installer suggested a speakercraft 12*35 watt amp. I'm not sold.

Assuming I buy the Denon 3312CI I will likely be using all 7 channels for either (1) 7.1 or (2) 5.1 system and power the 2 speakers in the kitchen.

I am familiar with most, including Denon's, zone 2/3 options. However assuming I am outputting a two channel analogue source how do I "spread" that over 4 channels or 6 channels (6 if I run 7.1 and need to power the kitchen)? I see a number of options:

1. Buy a 7 channel amp. However I don't understand how I can input each channel with Zone 2 source. Is there a speaker selector to use or something?

2. Buy a 12 channel multi zone amp like a niles, speakercraft, denon, onkyo, etc. as recommended I don't know how they work exactly but I presume they have the ability to send the zone 2 source to whatever speakers are being powered. I guess this would allow me to add in some the zone touch panels if needed I just don't think I need them. Each pair will have a volume control wired into the wall so I believe that is all I need.

The only thing about this option is the amp will not have as much power like say a 7*200 watt amp. I want to make sure the speakers, especially the outdoor ones have enough power.

3. I am currious if I can just buy an old 7 channel receiver and run it on party/7 channel stero mode. This seems like a patchwork option but would work.

Any persons who have installed a mutli zone please feel free to assist. I just don't want to automatically assume the installer is suggesting the best especially if I think there is not enough power.

1 M80,vp180,qs8,aim7,EP500,Denon4520,Rotel RMB-1095
2 M22OW,VP150OW,Aim7,ep350,Denon3313
3 M22IW,1913

#361910 - 12/26/11 09:14 PM Re: Multi Zone - custom installation help. [Re: mrspeeed]
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10359
Speedie, I think I've followed what you're looking for, and unless there's some factor that isn't being mentioned, it appears that option 3. is the simplest, most direct way to get it. There's nothing "patchwork" about it; using an old 5 or 7 channel receiver(say maybe about 80-100 watts)and selecting all-channel stereo mode is as you note a typical "party" usage and does the job needed.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#362081 - 12/28/11 06:25 PM Re: Multi Zone - custom installation help. [Re: JohnK]
mrspeeed Offline
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Registered: 07/10/11
Posts: 80
Loc: Cayman Islands
JohnK - yeah it seems the second receiver might be the way to go. I can upgrade later I suppose but for my purpose now it seems to work.
1 M80,vp180,qs8,aim7,EP500,Denon4520,Rotel RMB-1095
2 M22OW,VP150OW,Aim7,ep350,Denon3313
3 M22IW,1913


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