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#359598 - 11/28/11 06:08 PM Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ???
nickbuol Offline
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My brother-in-law is looking for a good deal on a receiver that will output two different things to two different zones such as some A/V in zone 1, and internet audio in zone 2. I know that a number of inexpensive receivers have A/B zones, but I believe that they are EITHER A or B, but not A AND B playing 2 different things.

I've never been in the marker for something like this, so I don't even know what does and does not do something like that, or what the cost is.

He is looking for low cost since he just has a modest TV/speaker setup, but would love to have the ability to play two different audio sources at the same time to two different zones.

Any ideas?
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#359599 - 11/28/11 06:14 PM Re: Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ??? [Re: nickbuol]
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I think just about everything that has a second zone can do it independently of the primary zone.

HOWEVER, there are no receivers AFAIK that will output a digital signal to the second zone.
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#359601 - 11/28/11 07:14 PM Re: Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ??? [Re: tomtuttle]
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My understanding though is if you have a 7.1 receiver, you can only do 5 channels if your using the other 2 in zone 2 at the same time. You would need a 9 channel receiver for 7 and 2 channels driving at the same time.
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#359604 - 11/28/11 07:38 PM Re: Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ??? [Re: SirQuack]
nickbuol Offline
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He doesn't even have a 5.1 setup, so the issue you mention Randy isn't an issue for him.

So multi-zone is more limited by the source then. So Zone 2 would need to be what, the radio maybe if it can't be digital?
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#359605 - 11/28/11 08:09 PM Re: Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ??? [Re: nickbuol]
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Or hook up analog RCAs from the disc player to get at least the audio from that.
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#359608 - 11/28/11 08:51 PM Re: Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ??? [Re: nickbuol]
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Originally Posted By: nickbuol
He doesn't even have a 5.1 setup, so the issue you mention Randy isn't an issue for him.

So multi-zone is more limited by the source then. So Zone 2 would need to be what, the radio maybe if it can't be digital?


I hook up the analog outs from DVD/TV/PS3 so I can listen to music or the TV on my deck. With a good universal remote, it's not a problem. w/o a universal remote, it might require a bit more clicking.
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#359635 - 11/28/11 10:57 PM Re:Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver? Sherwood 772 $175 [Re: nickbuol]
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J&R Computers. You can order through Amazon or Ebay. Axions recievers web pages has the specs and I guess sold them at one time.

Axiom support told me they can Drive M80s and it has good sound quality. Mutizone I believe.

They had 9 left when I ordered mine.

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#359699 - 11/29/11 02:03 PM Re:Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver? Sherwood 772 $175 [Re: aoloaolo]
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The only time I use my rear speakers is while watching movies, so I built a switch that I can use the send the rear amp signals to either the inside rear speakers for movies or the zone B Algonquin Outdoor Speakers to stream music while we are out by the pond.
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#359730 - 11/29/11 11:01 PM Re: Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ??? [Re: nickbuol]
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Nick, the deal on the Sherwood 772 which aolo points out is probably as good an idea as any. Although it really wasn't very competitive at the original $799 list price, the close-out prices around $200 change that. The J&R price is now $199.99 with free shipping(the $175 might have been a Black Friday deal).
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#359731 - 11/29/11 11:08 PM Re:Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver? Sherwood 772 $175 [Re: Olderbutwiser]
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Bob, I'm curious why you "built a switch", since most 7.1 receivers, including the 3808, have a provision to switch the back surround channels from powering the back surrounds to powering stereo speakers in a separate zone, using the remote.
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