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Hi I want to add 2 extra speakers (for outdoors) to my Pioneer VSX-519V and see in the manual that I require a separate amplifier. Why is that necessary & if so can you recommend one please ? Thank you Ann

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Technically, you dont need an additional amplifier to run another set of speakers. This amplifier has a second zone output option. What you need to do is connect your outdoor speakers to the second zone on the reciever, than you can turn it on and select the desired source from your remote.

Posted on Jan 03, 2011

  • cindystewart Jun 30, 2011

    i h.ave outdoor speakers hooked up to remote speakers when i hit the remote speakers button nothing happens. speakers work when hooked up to main speakers. onkyo receiver

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