I've set up a Denon AVR-X2000 with some Boston Acoustics XS 5.1 speakers in my front room - the sound is really very impressive, especially given the size of the speakers, and the network features of the amp make it a decent media streaming device.
The receiver is placed against a wall which seperates the front room from the hall and dining room, so I am tempted to run some cables to the dining room and run a second zone.
Is the amp sufficently 'muscular' to drive both zones at once, with any degree of quality? I'm conscious that the zone 2 speakers would more generally be used as 6th and 7th surround speakers, so I'm not sure if using them as a pair of stereo adds too much load to ensure decent quality (especially given that the amp is running effectively two concurrent pre-map stages).
I've not tried this before, so I'm not sure quite what quality to expect - i.e. whether this is a 'nice to have' option or a serious offering. I'm unlikely to be running both zones at particularly high volume at any time, but the front room is driving all 5 channels and the dining room is quite big so is likely to require reasonable power.
If the general concensus is that this is a good way to go, any recommendations for decent bookshelf speakers to match would be much appreciated - not sure if I should look for specific impedences or not.