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How do I connect my VSX-90 to my OSD AMP-120 outdoor speaker

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Hi there,
How do I connect my VSX-90 to my OSD AMP-120 outdoor speaker amplifier?
Seems like the right connector is the Audio Out Zone 2 Pre-out RCA (Red/White cables)?
Please LMK if this is correct or what I'm missing?
Not sure why I can't get the outdoor speakers to work with the VSX-90 on Zone 2?
I've read all the documentation about Zone 2 operation.
Background:
For my home theatre setup, I have a Pioneer Elite VSX-90 (with a Pioneer Elite 60" Plasma TV, Definitive tower and center channel speakers).
For outdoor speakers, I purchased an OSD AMP-120 with two OSD RS-850TT.
Thanks!
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Home Theater-Stereo
Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

Hi , I`m Jack
Perhaps I can help you with this problem .

Yes you are correct , it uses RCA /PHONO type of plugs .

Did you try it yet ?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I've connected the VSX-90 to the OSD AMP-120 vis the Zone 2 Pre-out...no audo output to outdoor speakers.
To test the AMP-120 and outdorr speakers, I can connect the RCAs to my DirecTV audio out and that works great!
So, my question is how to get same result from Pioneer VSX-90
Thanks!
Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

O.k then i don`t know how you operated the zone 2 so far on the piioneer but it acts as another amp built-in except that it cannot play all sources .

Did you power on zone 2 and select say the radio to see if someething goes through ?

Or you just plugged it and turned up the main volume ?

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

press the Z2 button on the remote then power and select an input like the tuner .

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

The manual for this receiver says very little about the zone control and what it will play but usually the HDMI signals connected to it will not output to zones

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

Only the analog stereo sources

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Zone 2 is ON, Zone 2 is set to CD (iPhone w/ RCA connector to CD In...is playing my iTunes on the receiver home theatre now).
However, no output to the outdoor speakers on Zone 2 pre-out...?
Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

did you turn up the volume indoor and out as well ?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I've turned the Zone 2 CD volume up to max and can hear a very faint audio from the outdoor speakers
Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

o.k be careful here if it does come on all of sudden and your outdoor amp volume is too high it may damage the speakers.

Can yu give me a few on that ?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Are the connections correct? ie: Zone 2 Pre-out is the right connector for my outdoor Amp-120?
Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

That's the one yes , its correct .

Just as a test , try to connect those rca cable to the subwoofer out (main zone ) and play some thing to see if the bass will come out those outdoor speakers .

Turn off the volume on the outdoor amp first

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

Right now I cant see anything you did not do correctly for the sound to come out zone 2

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

Give me a few minutes again , I may have something

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

On the remote press and hold the Z2 button until the light blinks , this will set it to zone 2 control then try that again

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

Also , you can do the same with the HDZONE button to have access to hdmi sound out of the pre outs at the back

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

sorry , never mind the HDZONE , another beast

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

Press and hold that Z2 button until that blinks and see if you have control now ?

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

I meant sound

Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

Got anything there ?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Had to take off for an event, back later to try press/hold Z2 button.
Seems like the Zone 2 pre-out is not connected/enabled.
When I connect my Amp-120 to DirecTV RCA audio out, it works as expected. But I'm unable to replicate connection with VSX-90.
Expert:  Jack replied 6 months ago.

O.k then give that a try , according to pioneer you need to do that to enable control over zone 2

Let me know

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