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Old 08-01-2005, 02:57 AM   #1  
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Hi, I have a Onkyo TX-SR601 a/v reciever. The question is, I have zone 2 but I do not know off hand how many channels it has? Also, this is a 6 channel reciever, I was wondering can I make it a 7 or 9 channel by using my zone 2? If the answer is yes , how do I go about doing this. Thanks for any replies.

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Old 08-01-2005, 03:33 AM   #2  
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I have a 701. If they are similar, remove zone 2 (via the setup menu) and you get 7.1 (2,3... as many subs as you want). Neo6 Music sound is fantastic. However, the speaker outlets on the back will tell you what you get.

For rear channels, I use two B&W speakers, reverse phase and in series (adjusting output db accordingly). Try this, it is great.
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Will I just get 7 channels and .2 (subs) ? How many channels does zone 2 normally have?

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Zone 2 is for a set of additional speakers, eg for an outdoor set or another room which has an independant volume control. They are stereo derived from the main source. If Zone 2 is disabled (hardware config-surr/zone2) by selecting 'surround' as opposed to 'zone2' this then changes the function of the internal amplifiers (not exactly sure what goes on inside or why)

The 701 produces 6.x when zone 2 is disabled. As in previous post, you can drive two speakers from the 'rear speaker terminal' to 'distribute' the rear channel sound a bit better.

Once you set up the speaker distance and level settings correctly, it really does fill the entire room with sound.

I am away from home at the moment and have limited internet access, try reading the manual for a clearer picture of what I have said...

http://www.us.onkyo.com/download/own...m?cat=Receiver
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That was great information, thank you. I do not have my system set up right now because I am in the middle of moving to another place. Once I set it up, I will let you know how it worked out. Also, I have the Bose Acoustimass 10 and all the speakers comeout of the sub. If I buy individual cubes, can I directly hook them up into my reciever?

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Good question. My initial thought is no, the Onkyo would cause the cubes to meltdown. The Onkyo is designed to drive full range speakers and my knowledge of Bose is limited, however it I recall correctly, a simple stereo or matrixed signal is sent to the sub which contains the amps and decoding etc to pass onto the cubes.

I can think of no way the Onkyo will drive the cubes direct without destroying them but some other factors need to be considered. What is the impedence of the cubes? My concern is controlling the amount of low frequency and power level sent to the cubes in a way that would not upset the overall sound quality. Let me think on this one for a while. I have only limited time to myself at the moment, job should be finished by Friday (NZ time).

I have a 'cube' type system for sounds on one of my computers. I will experiement during weekend.
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That was great information, thank you. I do not have my system set up right now because I am in the middle of moving to another place. Once I set it up, I will let you know how it worked out. Also, I have the Bose Acoustimass 10 and all the speakers comeout of the sub. If I buy individual cubes, can I directly hook them up into my reciever?

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I believe that I read somewhere that the AM series cubes are something like 2 ohm speakers. Definately not industry standard, so you have to hook them up through the bass module. I had a Bose AM10 system for about 8 hours a couple of years ago, but I quickly got rid of it. I did not like the requirement to run the speakers off the bass module, because it changes what is coming from the receiver BEFORE it gets to the speakers. I also did not like the sound after hooking it up in my home.

I am not a big fan of Bose just so you know, but they do have their place IMO. I just think they are way overpriced for what you get. They market them so good many people (my brother included) think they are the BEST, but they never disclose their specs like everyone else does. You have to ask yourself WHY whenever a company breaks from normal disclosures that their competitors do.

Good luck with your system!
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Just read a review in HTmag of the latest Energy 'HT in the Box' speakers, Called 'Take'..very nice! $1450 MSRP, complete with 10" sub that rivals some big boys. And they look great!

How anyone could pass anything like that up not at least give it a listen, and go straight to a Bose, is beyond me. And I have not even heard these yet, but have heard other Energy systems in the past, they give lots of bang for the buck. And actually I think those on a budget and/or space restrictions sometimes have the most interesting choices.
I usually avoid telling people what they should or should not buy, but sometimes things become too obvious to ignore.
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Sorry mate, tried my cubes and they sounded like shite. Would not reccomend. Kinda worked, mostly didn't if ya understand what I mean.
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Thanks for your efforts advantex. I will just save my pennies and see what I can afford to buy. I am thinking to sell my Onkyo and just trash the Bose (mabye not). Or I just might give the whole system to my sister because she likes the sound. Anyway, I will let you know in the near future what I will do and what I got.

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