Home theater 5.1 in stereo mode


I am renovating my house and hopefully adding a theater room in my basement. I’m probably going to hook up a 5.1 surround system. But I also want to use this as a listening room. Do integrateds/AVReceivers typically have a "stereo mode"? Or will they automatically adjust to using only two channels?
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all the avrs i've seen have stereo mode, which utilizes just the front channels and sub as well as an oxymoronic "all-channel stereo" mode which utilizes all 5/7 channels and sub. most also have a "direct" mode, which typically utilizes just the front channels (w/ or w/o the sub) and bypasses most circuitry such as tone controls, bass management and most digital processing. which mode sounds better depends on your preference. a two channel integrated, by definition, would play in stereo.
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