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Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ???
#359598 11/28/11 11:08 PM
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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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nickbuol #359599 11/28/11 11:14 PM
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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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tomtuttle #359601 11/29/11 12:14 AM
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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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SirQuack #359604 11/29/11 12:38 AM
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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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nickbuol #359605 11/29/11 01:09 AM
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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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nickbuol #359608 11/29/11 01:51 AM
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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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Re:Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver? Sherwood 772 $175
nickbuol #359635 11/29/11 03:57 AM
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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.

Re:Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver? Sherwood 772 $175
aoloaolo #359699 11/29/11 07:03 PM
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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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Re: Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver ???
nickbuol #359730 11/30/11 04:01 AM
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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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Re:Low Cost Multi-Zone Receiver? Sherwood 772 $175
Olderbutwiser #359731 11/30/11 04:08 AM
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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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