DVD & Home Theater Gear Discuss DVD and Home Theater Equipment.

Quick Question: 'Speaker A/B Switching'

Old 01-19-05, 06:25 PM
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 2,427
Quick Question: 'Speaker A/B Switching'

I'm looking for a 7.1 receiver that can switch to 5.1 + 2 more speakers for another room. The one i am looking at is the Sony STRDE697 and that has 'yes' for the option, 'Speaker A/B Switching' and I was wondering if that is what's implied.

schlitz100 is offline  
Old 01-19-05, 06:29 PM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 101
The phrase you'd be looking for is "multi-zone" or "multizone." A/B switching usually (on audio receivers) implies a more "simplistic" 'use either Set A or Set B' type of implementation.
shadowpuppet is offline  
Old 01-20-05, 09:03 AM
DVD Talk Special Edition
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Bloomington, IN
Posts: 1,087
You can use A/B switching for a second zone but will be limited to sharing the receivers power for both speakers using the same source (ie both playing the same CD or radio station) at one volume setting. A true multizone receiver like the Sone STR-DA3000ES has an actual second zone output that can pass a seperate volume controlled audio/video signal with seperate remote control via an external amplifier. I have used both and now have the second option and it is clearly better (albeit more expensive) option. I found that with the A/B switching my speakers when played A+B were too loud inside while not loud enough on the deck. Of course the volume was fine when just the deck speakers were on but then my wife couldnt watch TV in the living room (all sound routed through the receiver).
cseyer is offline  
Old 01-20-05, 10:15 AM
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 2,427
thanks for the info. I want to have 5.1 in my living room, 2 speakers in my dining room, and 2 more in my kitchen. I don't think i will need to play from different sources as the speakers will all be in earshot of one another. I just want to be able to get 4 speakers on 'B' and getting something with 7.1 that allows the A/B switching seems like the easiest way to do it.
schlitz100 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.