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I would begin by setting the “Extra SP” setting to “Zone 2” Instead of “Zone B”. With this setting, you will be able to select the source and volume of these outputs independently of the main theater zone. This way, you can listen to the same, or different source as the main zone at the same time.
On the front of the receiver, you should find controls for Zone 2 that allow you to select the source and volume for the Zone 2 speakers. Keep in mind, only sources that are connected with analog RCA cables will be selectable in Zone 2. Because the sources you’ve mentioned are both analog (CD connected with RCAs & built-in FM tuner) this should not be a problem for you.
The real benefit of this configuration is that you will have dedicated channels of amplification for the secondary zones. In you’re A+B example with the Kenwood receiver, the wattage had to be shared between the main zone speakers and the “B Zone” speakers resulting in less wattage and volume from each connected pair. You will also be able to enjoy two different sources at the same time. Example: You can enjoy a 5.1 surround sound movie in the main zone while the Mrs. enjoys the FM tuner in one of the secondary zones at the same time.
If you don’t mind selecting the sources and controlling them (play, pause, previous/next track, etc) in the main room, you will not need to add the infrared repeaters in the secondary zones.
I hope that helps.
I'm obviously not an audiophile, but am confused by needing another box, passive speaker control box, or RCA connected equipment with this receiver. I have a similar need to create a second room, actually my patio, and have these questions:
1) If you connect extra speakers (outdoor wire) to my Extra SP connections, can't I assign them to Zone B and listen to music on the patio while leaving zone A off?
2) Can subwoofer 2 connection be assigned to Zone B?
Notes: source would be digital, primarily satellite radio via direct tv or iPod dock for 663.
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