Hi all, and thanks in advance for your advice. Here's the situation: In the past I had a SONY STR-DE597 and it worked great until it succumbed to the problem which seemingly plagued numerous units and retreated to a permanent state of PROTECT mode. I 'upgraded' to an ONKYO TX-NR509 AVR which had great reviews and appeared to be an ideal budget option (difficult times and all that...) However, I have instantly encountered what could be a deal-breaker problem for me: 1) I have always had the receiver in my lounge, but I have speakers in both my lounge and kitchen - a standard two room set up. 2) The Sony I was using before allowed me to listen to music EITHER in the lounge OR in the kitchen OR both at the same time. This was through an A/B speaker configuration whereby the speakers in the lounge were A, the kitchen B, and then I could listen in both rooms by selecting A+B. This was ideal. 3) The Onkyo doesn't appear to have this option and I can't seem to find a way of replicating it with a workaround, even by splitting the surround sound. It was an oversight on my part not to check in advance because I assumed the option of multi-room (or at least dual room) A/B set up was fairly standard on receivers as I've been using this configuration for over a decade. 4) The Onkyo does have a 'Zone 2' option, but the manual implies that it requires another amplifier to use 'Zone 2', and I've only just got this one! Basically, my question is this: Am I missing something, or is the Onkyo unable to, by design, implement a similar set up to that which I've used before? Can I configure the speakers to function as described in point 2 above? Thanks for your help.