Anyway, now I'm thinking I should at least do the amp side, to make it easier to plug/unplug etc. Speakers are relatively easy to get to, but not so the back of the amp. So now I think I might just buy 10 or 14 bananas for the amp side. I saw these on trademe.
Has anyone had any experience with them? Or know another source of reasonable screw on banana plugs? (I'm assuming screw on means I put the cable and screw the plug down onto it, rather than having to crimp/solder).
Also, I'm thinking about running a second zone outside (and/or in the kitchen/dining) from my amp from the 2 spare channels (it's 7.1 and I'm only running 5.1). Any opinions on the maximum length run of speaker wire? I guess it might be 15m-20m from the amp to where I'd want to have my outdoor speakers. Too far? I might be able to pull it back a bit, but can't see it being less than 15m. I could run the second zone to the kitchen/dining (much closer) but then I'd also need a separate amplifier to power the outdoor speakers (run off the Zone 2 preout). Any suggestions for that? Actually, my amp (Denon 2308) has 9 speaker outputs, perhaps I could run the kitchen/dining as speaker B (switchable between A or B) and run the outdoor ones off the amp assignable Zone 2. Then I wouldn't need a separate amp at all and could play either the lounge or the kitchen and simultaneously the outdoors. I suppose that would work?