I need a dual zone receiver, I am hopelessly lost.

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  1. EricPeterson

    EricPeterson Member

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    anyone have some suggestions? Here is what I think I need:

    - 2 zones, one for inside for our living room/dining room kitchen area (it is a big open concept), one for outside, with the ability to use both zones simultaneously. I am kind of on the fence if I need to be able to have different things playing in the 2 zones, I can't really see why I would need it, but I could see where it might come in handy.

    I am going to have the following set up inside;

    TV with:
    - Blue Ray
    - Chrome Cast
    - Chrome Box
    - Over the Air Broad cast

    I really dont need or want surround sound, but I understand I will probably have to get one with 5.1 (I have no interest or need for 7.1) Inside we are putting 2 speakers in the ceiling, Outside will just have 2 speakers as well.

    I am not sure how I want to do the switching, it might be easiest to just use the TV as a switch and then run the audio out from the TV to the receiver for amplification, should I consider using the receiver as the switch? I see that some have HDMI inputs with an output to the TV, unfortunately, I think I would still have to use the TV for over the air broadcast, or do they make a receiver with a over the air digital tuner?


    Bluetooth and Wifi might be nice, I am not sure how that all integrates.

    We mainly watch over the air broadcast, or Netflix/streaming options through either the Chromecast or the chromebox. For music I will use media stored on the Chromebox or a streaming service like pandora or spotify.

    Any suggestions? I know budget is probably key here, I would like to be under 500, and hoping to be around 300, I am not sure if that is realistic. I am not an audiophile, I just want to be able to hear the music/TV, and be able to hear it outside as well.
     
  2. Nevets

    Nevets Supporting Member

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    I use Chromecast with Google Play for music in the living room through the tv. Sounds great (and I have only a measly soundbar). Bluetooth speakers for outside and rest of the house, usually controlled from my phone. I researched a whole bunch of options and this one just kind of fell into place on it's own and was cheap. $40 for the chromecast, $300 for a couple of good bluetooth speakers, 8 bucks a month for Google Play.
     
  3. EricPeterson

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    Yeah, that is kind of what we do now, but we are building and are having them install wired in speakers, I am actually leaning toward this Yamaha dual zone stereo (not 5.1) receiver, I think it might work perfect, I can just use the TV as the switch between all the sources like I have been, and then just use the receiver to amplify the built in speakers.

    The other thing is I want it really simple for my wife, she understands how to work it right now, so I don't want to incorporate anything more complex.
     
  4. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a Denon power amp, 5.1 capable, that features 2 totally separate 'zones'. I paid like $700 3 years ago for it - 120w/ side/ channel, sounds good. It's an AVR-2312I. Also has all the features you mentioned. Denon makes lower powered models with the same features for less.

    Honestly if super audio quality isn't necessary, check out a couple local Big Box stores - my local Costco has a Yamaha for under $500 with all the features you mentioned.

    Hope this helps, Dana O.
     
  5. take1carry1

    take1carry1 Supporting Member

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    Take a look at the Sonos line. You can can do any kind of grouping with the speakers that you want. We love ours.
     

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