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Recommendations for a multi zone receiver, speakers (indoor & outdoor) & sub

Hi All,

New member here! Like the title said Im looking at recommendations for a receiver to power multiple zones (indoor & outdoor) as well as indoor and outdoor speaker recommendations.

I'm planning on having a stereo setup in my living room as well as 2 stereo speakers covering an outdoor courtyard. Most of the music will come from computers and ipods, but I would also like the ability to play CDs as well as listen to AM/FM radio.

I was considering buying a Harmon Kardon 3490 stereo receiver/amplifier based on it's high power and multiple zone outputs but would love other recommendations. Additionally I was considering the Bose 251 outdoor speakers, but once agin, I'd love other opinions. As for the indoor stereo speakers and subwoofer I truly have no idea and would love suggestions.

I'd like to keep my spending to under $1500 for two speakers and a subwoofer, but would love to get some great sound. Additionally these speakers would need to fill a rather large sound space with somewhat strange acoustics... the entire house is made of sprayed concrete, so sounds tends to travel... I'm at work now but I'll see if I can dig up a picture of the soundspace.

Anyway I can't wait for your suggestions and responses.

-Ken

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Bueller? Bueller?    No

Bueller? Bueller? 

 

No suggestions?  I'm open to anything and would love opinions!!

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Recommendations

This really isn't a receiver oriented site.

I have very little experience with any kind of receiver. I've never owned one. The closest I've ever come was the first piece of gear I ever bought. That was a Fisher KX-90 integrated amplifier kit. I bought it in 1967. The next gear I bought was some Dynaco separates in 1970. It's been separates ever since.

The mere mention of Bose tends to make people shy away. Most posters here don't think too much of Bose products. The few that do are sometimes quite militant about their favorites.

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Thanks Joe! This is exactly

Thanks Joe! This is exactly the kind of advice I was hoping to hear. I only looked atthat company that shall not be named because their outdoor speaker series seems very robust. Any other recommendations for outdoor speakers, or indoor for that matter? Thanks again for your advice, it is very much appreciated.

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Speakers

The best advice I can give about choosing speakers is to find somewhere to audition some. Depending on your location it can sometimes be difficult do that auditioning. Regardless, auditioning will give you an idea what you're looking for and help narrow down the field of candidates. Buying speakers on a recommendation is like letting someone else choose your mail order bride. It's the fastest easiest way to end up with something you don't like.

Being located in CA means you have plenty of options B&M store wise.

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Yamaha

Makes outstanding exterior speakers.  And you can practically drive them with a walkman.

I know I just said walkman, I'm an 80's child.

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