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2 or 3 zone stereo. advice needed please! (offering gift)

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Hi. i am in need of a stereo and speakers.

- 3 zones (can live with shrinking it to 2 if needed).
- 12 speakers, all in ceiling, divided evenly to 4 speakers per room.
- 1 sub?

would love to hear advice on stereo, amps and speakers! Ideally the 3 zones would be easy to adjust by remote.

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Hi. i am in need of a stereo and speakers.

- 3 zones (can live with shrinking it to 2 if needed).
- 12 speakers, all in ceiling, divided evenly to 4 speakers per room.
- 1 sub?

would love to hear advice on stereo, amps and speakers! Ideally the 3 zones would be easy to adjust by remote.

have extra Kick-Ass UV code for person who offers the most help!

Depends on budget and how much power you want as always. I tend to prefer Denon receivers. If budget is no object and you really need all the bells and whistles including 9.2 or 11.2 setups, the high end Denon models would get the job done. Most people do not use all the zones and options and can live with 7.1 lol, so going with a cheaper model that gets the job done will likely make more sense imo.

That said, receivers on the higher end from top companies tend to all get the job done so it all comes down to preference and budget imo. Speakers is where you will need to be careful as they run the spectrum of both quality and performance.

https://usa.denon.com/us/product/...avrx7200wa
https://usa.denon.com/us/product/.../receivers
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Depends on budget and how much power you want as always. I tend to prefer Denon receivers. If budget is no object and you really need all the bells and whistles including 9.2 or 11.2 setups, the high end Denon models would get the job done. Most people do not use all the zones and options and can live with 7.1 lol, so going with a cheaper model that gets the job done will likely make more sense imo.

That said, receivers on the higher end from top companies tend to all get the job done so it all comes down to preference and budget imo. Speakers is where you will need to be careful as they run the spectrum of both quality and performance.

https://usa.denon.com/us/product/...avrx7200wa
https://usa.denon.com/us/product/.../receivers
thanks for the suggestions. I will probably go with separates as I need to push 12 speakers. considering Crown amps (thinking of running in 2 in parallel x 6 channels). as these are all ceiling speakers don't have any use for all the different audio 7.1-11. might try 5.1 just to see how it sounds. whatever. also, the stereo will never see video input. so as you point out all those bells and whistles are not going to be used.

as for price, all depends I suppose. not looking for $1000 speakers but also not looking for cheap ones. I'm quite concerned with how easy or hard it will be to work the 3 zones and the volume for each.
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thanks for the suggestions. I will probably go with separates as I need to push 12 speakers. considering Crown amps (thinking of running in 2 in parallel x 6 channels). as these are all ceiling speakers don't have any use for all the different audio 7.1-11. might try 5.1 just to see how it sounds. whatever. also, the stereo will never see video input. so as you point out all those bells and whistles are not going to be used.

as for price, all depends I suppose. not looking for $1000 speakers but also not looking for cheap ones. I'm quite concerned with how easy or hard it will be to work the 3 zones and the volume for each.

Not really familiar with in ceiling speakers as I have never really had a need for them or setup any for anyone and most higher end setups will use 5.1 or 7.1 or better floor or wall setups. At a certain point, not using a receiver to run your TV audio in surround sound is sort of wasting a functionality you are paying for. Almost no one uses high end receivers for just stereo these days (the high end whole house audio setups notwithstanding). And despite what some may claim, you are never going to get the quality of sound from small in ceiling speakers you get from quality, larger floor L/R speakers. Not that in ceiling speakers are bad, but they just do not have the capability to compete with high end floor speakers or wall mounted speakers. The only reason to go with in ceiling speakers is for aesthetics.

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Not really familiar with in ceiling speakers as I have never really had a need for them or setup any for anyone and most higher end setups will use 5.1 or 7.1 or better floor or wall setups. At a certain point, not using a receiver to run your TV audio in surround sound is sort of wasting a functionality you are paying for. Almost no one uses high end receivers for just stereo these days (the high end whole house audio setups notwithstanding). And despite what some may claim, you are never going to get the quality of sound from small in ceiling speakers you get from quality, larger floor L/R speakers. Not that in ceiling speakers are bad, but they just do not have the capability to compete with high end floor speakers or wall mounted speakers. The only reason to go with in ceiling speakers is for aesthetics.

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i absolutely agree. I just happen to have a wife that refuses to look at speakers! so i am stuck on the main floor with in ceiling only. my gym room has a 5.1 infinity cascade system. they stopped making those speakers several years ago but IMHO they are perfect. so have no other choice than to go with in ceiling. but my problem with some of these receivers is that they are really designed for high end 9.1 or 11.1 speaker setups so its just not a good fit from pushing 12 speakers. I would need a 1500 receiver and literally only be using half its capability.
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thanks for the link. this is the setup i need for sure.
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