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Topic # 112124 27-Nov-2012 11:05 Send private message

Hi Everyone,

Currently I have the AV Receiver SR5007 from Marantz. One of the reasons for buying it was the Zone 1 and Zone 2 functionality that the receiver provides.

I am planning to use Zone 2 to support a pair of speakers in each of the following rooms (Dining Room, the Living Room and the Kitchen).

I have been told that I need to get a 100 watts stereo amplifier to power these 6 speakers (around 100 watts each). Any recommendations of a good stere amplifier?

Also, I will be connecting all speakers to a speaker selector. I have been looking at the Niles SS4 Speaker Selector. Any good speaker selector advise?

One thing, I am running 3 volume controls (one in each room). These are Niles VCS 100K.

All suggestions are welcome.

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  Reply # 723529 27-Nov-2012 11:29 Send private message

What type of speakers are you planning to run in the dining room / living room / kitchen?
And what sort of volumes do you plan to be running the system at?
Will there be parties where every speaker will be up and running at a decent volume level?
Oh, and who gave you the advice?



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  Reply # 723942 28-Nov-2012 03:06 Send private message

Hi Dunnersfella....

The speakers that I will be using are:
Dining Room and Kitchen: Boston Acoustics CS270
Kitchen Room: Boston Acoustics Soundware XS Satellite speaker

I do not expect to have all speakers up and running at a high volume. But I do want the ability to turn on  one pair, two pairs or all three pairs.

Some of the advise received comes from a friend and other advise comes from research I have done in the internet on how to wire a house with a AV receiver that has two zones.

Hope this helps.

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  Reply # 724519 29-Nov-2012 09:16 Send private message

Okay - having Google'd your speakers, I do not believe you require a 2 channel power amp whatsoever.
The speakers you're looking to run in zone 2 are small, easy to drive and probably won't tax your SR5007 at all. Just run speaker cable out of the zone 2 speaker ports into the SS4 speaker switch, then split to your speakers from there.
Unless... you're running a BIG set of speakers in the main zone.
Are you?

In regards to volume controls, the Niles units are sweet.
The SS4 is an okay speaker selector, however its impedance matching is defeateable if you were to crank it for hours on end (with big speakers). I'd look at the next level up if you can, and leave the volume controls set to full, while still using your in-wall volume controls to adjust volume in the separate rooms.
http://www.nilesaudio.com/product.php?prodID=SSVC-4&recordID=Speaker%20Selectors%20with%20Volume%20Controls&categoryID=Speaker%20Selectors&catcdID=7&prdcdID=FG01043



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  Reply # 724588 29-Nov-2012 11:13 Send private message

So your last sentence in the first paragraph is the key. I haven't given you all the details. I am going to use Zone 1 from my AV Receiver to power speakers in my Basement. At this moment I have not idea what I am going to get but most probable some good standing speakers. So with this fact, do you still believe that I do not require a 2 channel power amp? 

If the amplifier is required? what do you suggest?

Regarding the speaker selector you are recommending the SSVC-4. Also you recommend leaving the volume controls of the speaker selector to max and have the wall volume controls doing the adjustments. Correct? I am still going to be able to shut pair of speakers with this speaker selector. Correct?

Thanks again for all the recommendation and feedback. I might need more of your help as I start implementing my system.

Carlos



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