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    Quality dual/multi-zone preamplifier, anything out there?

    I'm helping a friend set up a whole-house audio system. We have amps, speakers, a music server, and a tuner, but is there a decent quality dual/multi-zone preamplifier out there with remote control (to switch between zones)? It seems silly, but I can't seem to find a single mid-fi preamplifier that has this feature. I know there are pre-pros that do this and lots of systems that are dedicated to whole-house setups but they are in the multi-thousand dollar range and that's not really an option. The only other options I have are:

    - Using dual, identical preamps and a splitter for the source
    - A remote control switch box, although I can't find a single model/brand that does this

    Any suggestions?
    Last edited by nightflier; 05-30-2007 at 04:08 PM.

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    This is nice: might do

    Quote Originally Posted by nightflier
    I'm helping a friend set up a whole-house audio system. We have amps, speakers, a music server, and a tuner, but is there a decent quality dual/multi-zone preamplifier out there with remote control (to switch between zones)? It seems silly, but I can't seem to find a single mid-fi preamplifier that has this feature. I know there are pre-pros that do this and lots of systems that are dedicated to whole-house setups but they are in the multi-thousand dollar range and that's not really an option. The only other options I have are:

    - Using dual, identical preamps and a splitter for the source
    - A remote control switch box, although I can't find a single model/brand that does this

    Any suggestions?
    How about this one?

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    Outlaw 990..I love the dual zone on it, it even comes with a dedicated remote just for zone 2. My zone 2 is my outdoor speakers running off 2 spare channels of my 7 channel amp.

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    Wow! sounds like a good call

    Quote Originally Posted by N. Abstentia
    Outlaw 990..I love the dual zone on it, it even comes with a dedicated remote just for zone 2. My zone 2 is my outdoor speakers running off 2 spare channels of my 7 channel amp.
    N.a, the 990 looks like a great option. Its functionality of the 990 is amazing in general, especially for the bucks ...
    http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/990.html

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    nightflier
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    Thanks for the input.

    I was hoping to avoid the A/V units, thinking that this would add too much unnecessary stuff. All we need to transmit is audio. I really do like the McIntosh, but that may be a bit overkill for me (and a bit pricey too). Does McIntosh have older models that can do the same (with remote) and that I might find for a lower price?

    Bottom line is, this will be for someone who's not really too tech-savvy so anything with too many buttons would be overkill (I'm even considering replacing the remote with a big-button generic one). That said, they do like their music loud and of decent quality, so we didn't skimp on the speakers or the amps and I would like to provide a decent preamp to match.

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    nightflier
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    Someone tipped me on to older Carver preamps like the CT-17. Does anyone know if this preamp will select zone 2 out via the remote?

    Also, I know very little about older Carver gear except that it's always been bargain-priced on the used market (which may or may not be good?). How do they sound? What is their typical sound signature?

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