QUESTION: I'm trying to find a proper receiver. I have a 5.1 system in my house but the problem is that I have TWO speakers on my outside deck also. I want to either 1) play my indoor speakers , 2) play my out door speakers , or 3) play both at the same time. Looking for a low end with blue tooth. The quality of the sound outdoors is not real important as much as volume. Thinking I need a receiver with a A - B switch. Can you help ? Would like to keep cost down.
I live out side of Charlotte , NC
ANSWER: While I do not make specific brand/model recommendations, there are many receivers on the market that have a "Zone 2" setting that allow for exactly what you're describing.
In response to your comment, I am actually telling you precisely and specifically what you need to look for, a receiver with a "Zone 2" capability. It is a very common feature across many brands and price ranges.
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QUESTION: I understand you don't make SPECIFIC recommendations........ but maybe you could tell me if a
ONKYO TX - SR 343 5.1 would meet all of my desires ? The price is right for me.
From what I see, it will not.
You need to look for a receiver with a ZONE 2 capability. this is something that will typically be spelled out as a feature of the receiver (not a hidden feature or function).
After thinking a bit about it, with the newer formats coming out, they may be calling these systems "7.1 surround" now (Giving you 5.1 and the option of either a stereo "Zone 2", or an additional pair of surround channels). This is relatively new, due to the new surround formats being offered via Blu-Ray.