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Zone 2 Speakers

My zone 2 speaker jacks on my 696 have gone dead, they were previously working fine but have no output now. I have triple checked the wiring to my speakers and it is fine.


I think I might have inadvertantly moved the speaker impedance switch while the unit was turned on, would this kill the outputs? If so is there a fix?

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SOURCE: I have a TX SR

Try to reset your amp then go to the bottom of the set up menu and you should find lock set up,if this dose not work its repair time for your amp.

hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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SOURCE: onkyo tx-sr601 bi wire with zone 2

The idea behind bi-wiring speakers is to get the highest quality of sound by getting the sound from two separate sources doing separate jobs. Lower frequencies are harder for an amplifier to produce than higher frequencies. So it is common to give these frequencies to two different amplifiers so each can produce the highest quality of sound. By removing the low end from the top end amplifier, it provides the top end amp more headroom thus reducing the chances of clipping. Clipping can easily be heard from the tweeters destoying not only the sound but your speakers as well. It is common practice in pro and car audio to use separate amps for subbass, low, mid and high; four amps working together to their corresponding drivers (more or less depending on the system and type of audio being produced).

In your case, getting the two different sources from basically the same amp (power supply), would not accomplish the full intent of bi-wiring; it would just make more wiring for the same end result. However still a good thought on your end. Onkyo receivers are great because of their beefy power supplies. Not very many other brands have such strong power supplies. Denon's are close but not equal.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010

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SOURCE: Zone 2 audio output is for analog only? The only

Speaker outputs at this state of the technology are always analog.

The iPod would use an INPUT like any other audio device. Once it's attached you can do whatever you want with its audio.

Your Zone 2 can be configured to play just about any input.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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SOURCE: Zone 2 doesn't work. on set-up zone 2 is active.

Disconnect the speaker wires at the receiver for zone 2 then test zone 2 on again. If it stays on, disconnect the wires at the zone 2 speakers, make sure wires are separated then reconnect at the receiver and test again. If it still stays on, Your receiver is good, your wires are good, you need to connect one speaker at a time and test power again. When it shorts, pull the speaker and meter it for a short. If your not sure how to do this, take it to any local audio shop and they will usually test for free.

If you have a volume control on zone 2 speakers independent of the receiver, you need to pull it and check it as well for corrosion or shorts.

If at the first step, your receiver still shuts off, the problem is internal and will need to be serviced. If you need further help on this, post a reply or comment and I can help you further. Hope this does the trick!

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

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It sounds like you have a bad speaker on the zone 2, or you have the speakers connected improperly.

When you engage the zone 2 a relay clicks and the speakers then become part of the amplifiers circuit.

If the problem was in the amplifier, it would go into protect mode without even having speakers connected to it.

If the speakers all check good, you most likely have the wrong type of speakers, meaning the impeadance is too low, or you have too many speakers connected to it.

On the back of the Denon, you will see right around the speaker output jacks, what ratings the speakers should be. If I remember correctly, it says 6 ohms or more when using only "A" or "B", and it says 12ohms or more for "A" + "B".

If you have two 8 ohm speakers on the same speaker jack you now have a 4 ohm load. That is below the ratings and can cause the amp to shut down (go into protect). Since your amp shuts down right away, I think you have a bad speaker or way too many speakers connected.

I have seen many times when people will connect 2 or 4 speakers to the one of the outputs that are designed for only 1 speakers.

If you are using too many speakers you will need a speaker distribution box. It has a resistor network built into it so the amp never sees a lower impeadance than what it is designed for.
You can connect 4, 6 or 8 speakers to one set of outputs designed for 2 speakers. You do loose a lot of power to the speakers, but it is better than blowing up your amplifier.

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I am sure this isn't it, but if all components are connected digitally Zone 2 won't work. It only allows analog connections, so anything attached via HDMI, etc. will not be able to be output to Zone 2.

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