I am a newbie and am looking to purchase a receiver that can handle both home audio as well as home theater needs.
I have budgeted $200 to $400. Would like to attach a total of 5-7 rooms to the system.
Any suggestions? Many thanks!
Silver MemberUsername: Kano
Post Number: 124
You can either have a single speaker in 5-7 rooms, or something like 3 speakers in one, and 1 in 4 other rooms.
Or you can have a home theatre with 5-7 speakers in 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1.
Only way a single receiver could do both is by running 2 sets of cables to the same receiver, and switching out the cables from your home theatre room to other rooms. I would recommend using banana plugs on your speaker cables.
Another option is a 7.1 receiver that has a second room option with the rear two channels. These allow you to have stereo (2 channel) sound in a second room while still having 5.1 in your home theatre room. You could waste the stereo sound and go mono in 2 additional rooms in that set-up.
Your budget may cover a 6.1 receiver but for the 2nd room option the best quality you'll likely find for the best price would likely be the Marantz 6400.