Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Magguss, your suggestion has some merit to it, maybe that would be the simplest solution. Just make the basement Z1 a dedicated space and not attach the matrix to it. I will see if this is not the best course of action. Obviously, going this route, I then think that the Sherwood RX5502 is the equipment to get to handle the audio for Z2 and Z3, unless there is a better suggestion out there.
TMcG, you are 100% right, I'm reverting back to paralysis mode. It's just that I live in Canada and will be ordering all the equipment from the US (picking up at the border myself) so it's also a matter of not wanting to make a mistake on what I get because returning and/or exchanging pieces will be a pain in the ass. Overall, I do not think that the system will be complicated to operate, once the URC R50 remotes are programmed with macros.
The reason why I want to have the option to listen to an audio source which is different from the video source if for those times where we have guests over for events/parties and we want to have a sporting event playing in the background while still listening to the music for the party. I know this will not happen often (about 5% of the time) but it will bug me in those moments if I cannot accomplish this. Call it ADHD or whatnot, it's stuck in my head so I really need to try and make it work if possible.
I'm sure there is a cost effective way to make this happen, even for the 3 zones I am running, I'm just trying to get people's opinions on whether this will work or not based on the equipment and setup I have listed. I think that my latest proposal with the Sherwood RX5502 takes care of this option for Z2 and Z3 (please correct me if I am mistaken) so now I just need to find a way to get this going for Z1 (if the current AVR I have cannot do this, then maybe some other has the capability to show one connected video source while playing another connected audio source).