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Old 02-07-2015, 02:47 PM
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Ok I am suffering a touch of Luddite disease and need some help with a couple of basic av receiver questions.

I have a 5.1 surround system with an old Denon 1706 av receiver. I have cable and a DVDs into it. Santa brought a fire stick and a Bose wireless speaker. The fire stick works great plugged into the TV but I can't get it to play throught the receiver. I would also like to play the wireless speaker via the av receiver. Would also like to get digital radio.

I am thinking that a new receiver is the answer. In order to accomplish the above I think it needs at least 3 hdmi inputs, 2 zone output in case I hard wire the patio, the ability to handle hd radio and Bluetooth capability.

Does Bluetooth capability mean that I can transmit to the receiver as well as have the receiver transmit to the wireless speakers? Should I be looking for any other capability to have it play through the Bose wireless speaker?

Finally I have had good luck with Denon but also kind of like Yamaha. Not going with onkyo. Suggestions welcome.
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:19 PM
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Most newer A/V receivers are coming wire Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which allows control and wireless streaming capability but I don't think that is going to help you with your Bose wireless speaker.

As for sound from the Firestick you have two options. Option one would be to plug the Firestick in to an available HDMI port on the receiver which would route video to your television and audio through your speakers.

The second option is to plug the Firestick in to the television HDMI port and if your television has an optical digital output route the audio from the television back to the receiver and assign it to one of the available inputs. The only downside to this is that you have to switch between sources on your television whenever you want to use the Firestick but not the end of the world.

I just replaced the A/V receiver in my family room after my older Onkyo took a HDMI dump on me. I bought a Yamaha RX-A3040 A/V receiver and upgraded my setup to a 9.2 system which the wife and I are really enjoying. In fact I haven't been in my theater room for two weeks now because this thing is amazing. Thankfully I have a distributor that deals in Yamaha, Onkyo, and Denon so I got it for cost otherwise I would have never spent that much money.
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Let me add a few more comments about the Yamaha that I really like. Their control app is sweet. I can use my I-pad to control everything on it. The thing I like about the 3040 is it can run up to 9.2 channels in your main room but still do a second zone with built in power. Mine drops to a 7.2 system loosing the two rear height speakers and switches the amplifier to my second zone which is my screened in porch. From there I can use the I-pad to not only control the audio but switch sources and even stream via Airplay from the pad to the receiver.
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Old 02-07-2015, 04:30 PM
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Excellent thank you. Just the type of feedback I was hoping for. Do you know of any receivers that will broadcast to wireless speakers. Hardwiring patio speakers is an option but not an attractive one in this case.
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None that I know of will run wireless speakers. I would probably recommend the hard wire approach for outdoor speakers anyway. That way you can purchase weather resistant speakers and not have to worry about electronics being left out in the weather. I have a pair of Jamo I/O8A2's on my screened in porch. They are a 8" 2-way speaker which means they will produce quite a bit of sound. My porch is 15x15' bit the additional deck is around 14x35' and it will fill the entire area with sound. Going on 5 years with them and they still sound great.
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To address playing Fire Stick, it works in the TV. You need to get an signal out from TV (prob RCA) and into the Denon. That part should be easy enough to get working.

I'd also stay away from wireless speakers.
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Can you use Sonos?
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