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post #1 of 12 Old 11-28-12, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

I'm looking for a 5.1 receiver for my family room/great room area, which will also run two additional speakers to a nearby a zone 2 (via speaker wire, not RCA) when I'm streaming Pandora, radio, etc.

I will also have a dedicated home theater, so this family room space will be more for casual movie watching, game playing, regular TV, kids shows, etc. Because of this, I am hoping to find a decent system, but not too expensive. I'd say budget is $300-400 or so for the receiver.

Thanks for any recommendations!
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Re: Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

Can you push the budget just a fraction more? This Onkyo 709 is a steal for the price and has a powered zone2 that you want and many features that are only found on receivers costing over $1000 including a very good amplification section.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
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Re: Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm very new to this, but this receiver appears to be 7.1. What am I missing?
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Re: Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

You wont find a receiver with only 5.1 channels that has a powered zone 2. You just simply dont need to use the 6th and 7th channels.

Home theater:
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

Living room system:
Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
Panasonic TC-P50ST60, HD-PVR & WDTV Live, Harmony 900

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Re: Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

Gotcha. I was just hoping I could save some money staying at 5.1 since I will never use 7.1 for my family room.
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Re: Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

In many receivers the amps used for the 6th and 7th channels are used to power the zone 2 area. Almost all 9.1 channel receivers will do this also and still give you 7.1 in the main room as well.

Home theater:
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

Living room system:
Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
Panasonic TC-P50ST60, HD-PVR & WDTV Live, Harmony 900

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Re: Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

I'm also looking for a receiver with similar requirements. The Onkyo 709 looks good, and I've also been looking at the older Yamaha V667. Are there any other receivers you'd recommend in this price range?

Is the 709 capable of a "party mode" where it can send a signal from HDMI to both zones?
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Re: Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

Do you need HDMI? If not find an old Denon 3803 or something similar. A good 110 watts per channel with zone two features plus 7.1. They can be found for $250 or so online.
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Re: Good (not great) 5.1 receiver with zone 2?

The 709 is shown as discontinued on Crutchfield. It also shows the price as $899. Am I looking at the wrong item, or is this an old ad on Crutchfield?
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The 709 is shown as discontinued on Crutchfield. It also shows the price as $899. Am I looking at the wrong item, or is this an old ad on Crutchfield?

Crutchfield is expensive. Try amazon, its $599. Alternativly, i would get the current generation Onkyo TX-NR717 and it's on Christmas Speical for $539. The 717 also includes a bonus zone 3.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR709.../dp/B004V8KWQO
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