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music streamed via Bluetooth, though with these sources you can't play a different source in the main room at the same time. You're also limited to listening to audio from your optical digital, coaxial digital, and HDMI sources in the main zone only. Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A750 #022RXA750 (shown above) $649.99 When you step up to the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1050, you get more options: two-channel playback of optical, coaxial and HDMI audio sources, plus independent playback of any analog, USB, Bluetooth, or network source in each room. When shopping receivers, read our detailed product descriptions to learn exactly what sources are compatible with zone 2 audio. Or just call us with questions. Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1050 #022RXA1050 (below) $1199.99 Q: Can I listen to music in zone 2 and still get surround sound in my main room? A: Yes, you can have both at the same time. Yamaha receivers like the ones shown here have an extra set of outputs - they let you set up a seven-channel surround system in your living room, and a stereo system in a second zone. The Intelligent Amp Assign feature automatically switches off the "surround back" channels in the main room when the zone 2 speakers are in use. This ensures your family can enjoy a movie in immersive surround sound in the living room while you're listening to music on the porch - all with the same receiver. Nine- and eleven-channel receivers give you even more options and can let you expand into a third or fourth room. Q: How do I control zone 2? A: The easiest method is with your receiver's controller app on your smartphone. Yamaha's AV Controller app is particularly adept at selecting sources and controlling volume over Wi-Fi . If you're running wires through walls, an in-wall volume controller for zone 2 is a useful add-on accessory. You can add music to a second room with a multi-zone receiver and a pair of speakers. Free tech support for life Need help with your gear? You can call us for guidance - whether it's the day you receive your order or 10 years later. See crutchReld.com/tech

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