Receiver Zone 2 function

How does a receiver with a "Zone 2" button work to power a third pair of speakers....if there are only binding posts for 2 pairs of speakers? I have a clunky speaker selector I would like to take out of the mix but cannot wrap my head around the zone 2 function in this case (?)

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  • monepolkmonepolk Posts: 1,045
    You'll need to specify the brand/model.
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,446
    Zone 2 is designed to power a single pair of speakers on any receiver. It's a pair of binding posts 2 channel usually only analog sources unless you have a newer model with built in DAC's to convert Digital signals to Analog.
    Zone 2 has it's own volume control and source select. You can select any source to listen to and any volume level you like.
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,490
    edited November 25
    monepolk wrote: »
    You'll need to specify the brand/model.
    +1

    Usually you'll have to forgo powering a set of speakers in the main room(heights, wides, etc) in order to use the receiver's amp to power the zone 2 speakers. If you're using every channel of the receiver, then you'll need an external amp to power zone 2, provided the receiver has pre-outs for zone 2.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,008
    edited November 25
    DaveHo wrote: »
    monepolk wrote: »
    You'll need to specify the brand/model.
    +1

    Usually you'll have to forgo powering a set of speakers in the main room(heights, wides, etc) in order to use the receiver's amp to power the zone 2 speakers. If you're using every channel of the receiver, then you'll need an external amp to power zone 2, provided the receiver has pre-outs for zone 2.

    Furthermore, if you have a zone 3 usually it’s preouts only, the receiver cannot power that third zone. I don’t really understand how you’re trying t power two sets of speakers with one zone two unless you get a multi room amp and use the zone two preouts. That’s what I did for years with my so acne sonamp 260x3.
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,490
    After re-reading the OP, I think he may be using a 2 channel receiver with A & B speakers outs. In which case he'll definitely need a power amp for zone 2.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,008
    DaveHo wrote: »
    After re-reading the OP, I think he may be using a 2 channel receiver with A & B speakers outs. In which case he'll definitely need a power amp for zone 2.

    Hmm...I’ve never heard of a 2 channel receiver with a zone 2. Of course I have almost no experience with 2 channel receivers...
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,490
    They're out there. Denon has a couple in their line or did at one time.
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,774
    Its a Yamaha R-S500....and there are only 2 sets of binding posts. I think the zone 2 button is only for other sources and a separate volume control to zone 2. I think Im stuck w the speaker or a 2nd amplifier.
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 690
    https://usa.yamaha.com/files/download/other_assets/2/330562/R-S700_S500_om_U-3.pdf

    The manual there. Page 45 says zone 2 is to control other components, not drive speakers
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,490
    Back panel clearly shows a pair of RCA outs for zone 2. Connecting an amp to those gives you the ability to choose a different source and independently control the volume to that output.
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