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6 Jul 2017

The Home Audio Receiver and Multi Zone Capability


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Posted By Ken H.

If you have an entertainment system at home, then having a home audio receiver is certainly a plus. It can enhance audio and video signals from the other theater pieces. Usually, home audio receivers are appended with a lot of other amazing features.

The multi zone capability is one known feature. Its function is to send a source signal to another audio system anywhere right from your very own receiver. As a result, users are able to watch DVD with surround sounds and at the same time, someone else can still listen to his audio player in another room. What is remarkable is that the multi zone capability enables the DVD and CD player to be connected to a single receiver that can still control the two but as different components.

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There are times when only the audio function can run with multi zone capacity for the second zone. Simultaneously, the home audio receiver is serving the audio and video functions in the main room concurrently.

Video capabilities may be limited to composite video signals, which means that those components that are hooked to the home audio receiver using analog connections can be accessed in the second and third zones. However, high quality surround sound can only be used in the main room.

Some of the receiver's connections may actually permit you to access the full 7.1 channel in the main room, as well as the built-in speakers that amplify the other two zones. It is possible in this kind of set-up to shift between 7.1 channel to 5.1 channel zones using the main menu of the receiver.


One way of multi zone implementation is by running the receiver in the main room on 5.1 channel mode, and then utilizing the two additional channels which are usually used for the back speakers, for running the second zone.

Another way is to use a 7.1 channel home audio receiver. This can be operated in full channel mode in the main room, and then make use of an extra preamp line output to transmit the signals to another amplifier situated in a different room. This amplifier should be one that is bought separately from the main receiver and placed in a different area, where it can supply power to another set of speakers. The advantage of this set-up is that the 7.1 channels can be fully enjoyed in the main room, while still managing to access multi-zone capability to run a system in the second zone.

The third way can only be accomplished with high-end models of the home audio receiver. These usually have the ability to run not only a second, but also a third zone. The preamp outputs are supplied for both of the zones, which also means that each zone requires its own amplifier. There are even some AV receivers that have the capacity to utilize their own ingrained amplifiers for the second and third zone. An internal amplifier is used to run the second zone, while a different one is used for the third. Unfortunately, unlike the second option, the 7.1 channel capability cannot be used in the main room while doing so.

Being able to transmit signals from one theater system to another is such an amazing convenience, Such can only be possible through home audio receivers that has a distinct multi zone capacity.


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