Originally Posted by Throwin Darts
Here is what I'd like to be able to do:
- Listen to internet radio and Airplay outside in Zone 2 without having the same audio playing inside in Zone 1
Yep, an A/V receiver with Airplay / Internet radio support, Zone 2 outputs will do that - but make sure the particular model states that Airplay and Internet Radio sources are available to zone2.
- Have the same football game playing on the Zone 1 TV and the Zone 2 TV without any sync issues between the two and have the audio playing in both zones.
If there's only coax available at that location, you'll need to send HDMI from your Dish set-top box to that location using an HDMI-over-coax solution (not cheap, but possible). That may mean you have to locate your set-top box at some central location, if you don't have a spare coax in your family room to "feed" the cable that eventually leads to the patio.
- Control both zones' volume independently of each other with my iPhone or iPad
Well, control of the AVR is easy as long as the model supports an "app". The major brand apps have zone2 controls...
I'd like to not have a Dish Network box on the porch. I'd like to piggyback off the living room TV and have both play the exact same programming at the same time if possible.
See above. If you use two set-top boxes, you'll just locate the porch box wherever the coax is fed from. RF remote for that box would be important, and you'll have independent control. But in order to feed the TV audio to the AVR, you'll need a wire between the set-top box and the AVR (cat5 can do this).
One set-top box makes the audio part easier, but whether that makes sense will depend on where all your wires go and what you've got available...