10 Best Multi Zone Amplifiers
Dayton Audio MA1240A
With an RMS rating of 40 to 60 watts depending on impedance, the Dayton Audio MA1240A is easily powerful enough to drive the average whole-home stereo system. Its reliability, straightforward layout, and moderate price make it a good choice for most users.
- Independent and bus inputs
- Bridgeable outputs
- Supports 4 and 8 ohms
From a company known for high-fidelity entertainment equipment, the Denon X3600H boasts complete support for the 4K Ultra HD standard, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, eARC, and full 4:4:4 chroma sampling, ensuring a crisp image and clean sound.
- Compatible with imax enhancement
- 9 primary channels
- Configurable for up to 3 zones
OSD Audio PAM245
Anyone comfortable with commercial AV equipment will appreciate the OSD Audio PAM245 . It has three auxiliary RCA jacks and three XLR microphone connectors with phantom power, the first of which has a priority toggle switch.
- Rs232 serial port
- Convenient infrared remote control
- Compatible with 70-volt speakers
Relatively straightforward and easy to use, the Sherwood RX5502 offers a handful of line inputs and a phono-in, as well as an intuitive interface, and can drive four pairs of speakers in anything from a one- to four-room configuration.
- 100 watts rms per channel
- Stereo tape output
- Reasonable price
The Niles SI-1230 can handle up to 12 speakers in a huge variety of bridged, stereo, and individually level-controlled arrangements. It’s not particularly recent, but its premium wiring and component design make it a top choice for custom installations.
- Effective heat sinks
- High-quality capacitors
- Bridgeable to six 80-watt channels
A different beast than most others, the Axium Mini4 is highly compact and designed mainly to play media from network-attached storage systems, Wi-Fi connected devices, and online streaming services, in addition to both analog and digital local sources.
- Measures 6 in square by 2 in thick
- Fixed brackets for mounting
- Rated for only 15 watts per channel
While the high-end Marantz SR7013 can drive 11 speakers in total, two connector pairs are assignable, so you can set up a 5.2-channel surround sound system in your home theater and still route stereo audio to two other rooms.
- Zone 2 and 3 line-level outputs
- Eight hdmi ports
- Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity
In addition to a slew of RCA connectors, the Yamaha RX-V685 allows for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming alongside support for Apple Airplay and the company’s MusicCast ecosystem, a family of user-friendly components that lets you easily expand into more rooms.
- Dolby atmos decoding
- 2 hdcp-enabled hdmi passthroughs
- Limited to two zones
Instead of confusing buttons and remote controls, the VSSL A.3 utilizes an entirely software-based management system, making it one of the most user-friendly options around. It can transmit audio from a network connection or from the physical local and bus inputs.
- Loaded with many common apps
- Versatile wireless functionality
- Extremely expensive
If you need a custom setup but don’t want to spend much, consider the Pyle PT8050CH , which has built-in USB and microSD card readers with MP3 decoding as well as Bluetooth connectivity, an FM radio, and a simple control interface.
- Three auxiliary rca connector pairs
- Per-speaker tone knobs
- Doesn't have bus inputs