Updated June 06, 2019 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Multi Zone Amplifiers

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in December of 2017. A whole-home audio system is great for playing music throughout your entire house from one centralized location. But there are plenty of situations where you may want the volume to vary from room to room. With these multi-zone amplifiers, you can adjust the sound in different areas or control a theater setup all from one device. They're also useful for businesses, like restaurants and stores. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best multi zone amplifier on Amazon.

10. AudioSource 1200

9. OSD Audio SSVC6D

8. AudioSource 102VS

7. Parasound Z Amp

6. Marantz NR1609

5. OSD Audio PAM245

4. Onkyo M-5010

3. Dayton Audio MA1260

2. Sonos Connect

1. Niles SI-1230

Special Honors

Current Audio D-Force The Current Audio D-Force is designed with two power modes, allowing you to switch from 110 to 220 volts. It offers impressive multi-stage protection: the internal circuitry of each zone is programmed to shut down on its own if it experiences a short, while all unaffected channels will remain operational. currentaudio.com

Channel Vision A1260 Whether you’re a commercial gym operator, a retail business manager, or simply a homeowner with a passion for quality audio, this selection should provide the power and reliable performance to satisfy your needs. It’s also available as a rack-mount model, and it’s backed by a one-year warranty. channelvision.com

Editor's Notes

May 16, 2019:

Noticed that the Emotiva A-800 was not currently available, so we had to take it off the list. Upon review, we decided to remove a few additional items from the list, including the Russound P75 (several instances of units dying within a few months) and the Pyle 6-Channel (users noted its low quality, with multiple reports of overheating and even one detailing significant smoking, creating a fire hazard).

To replace the eliminated items, we added some high-quality options. For a whole-house system with 12 channels and six zones, the Dayton Audio MA1260 seems to be an excellent value. It produces crisp sound and plenty of volume, and users appreciate that it doesn’t generate much heat.

The Sonos Connect is a nice, modern addition that allows you to wirelessly stream from audio platforms like Pandora, Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music to rooms all over your house. Its ease of use is a huge selling point — you can control the zone, source, volume, and even per-room settings from your smartphone. We also added the OSD Audio PAM245 — a versatile choice, as it allows you to choose from three different versions and comes with a remote control. Users find its simple setup process helpful as well.


Sam Kraft
Last updated on June 06, 2019 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.


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