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Bought a receiver expecting to use two polk audio speakers in a side room, and then learned I can only run analog connections to zone 2. This will not work for me.

I do have an HDMI cable already run from my receiver to my would-be "zone 2", so I'm hoping to find a set of speakers that either take HDMI in and pass HDMI out, or that use toslink for a connection.

First question -- if I find speakers that take HDMI in and out, would the video still properly pass through? I feel like these types of speakers are not quite common. I've seen a few soundbars that achieve this, but still unsure about video-passthrough.

Other than that, just looking for a set that I could possibly combine a woofer with, and mainly one that has a remote. My whole reasoning behind setting up zone2 was to be able to use the receivers app to control the volume, so I'd like to be able to control the speakers volume from where I am.

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I'm not sure I understand what you're getting at. What's the difference between running speaker wire and HDMI/Toslink?

The receiver's app should still work for controlling the volume.

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I'm not sure I understand what you're getting at. What's the difference between running speaker wire and HDMI/Toslink?

The receiver's app should still work for controlling the volume.

The problem with using my receiver is that
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"I learned I can only run analog connections to zone 2"

The HDMI is already run to the zone 2 room, into a TV. So it makes sense that I should use either that HDMI or my toslink out from my TV to power up my speakers. Before that was an option, now it seems to be my only option, since my receiver doesn't have the capabilities I thought it did.
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I do have an HDMI cable already run from my receiver to my would-be "zone 2", so I'm hoping to find a set of speakers that either take HDMI in and pass HDMI out, or that use toslink for a connection.

I've never seen a speaker that takes HDMI and passes the video signal to the TV. I don't think it exists.

I don't think you thought this out properly. Any zone 2 setup requires speaker wire to the speakers or has a line out where you connect a seperate amp to the speakers.

Running a single HDMI and expecting it run a pair of speakers and pass video to the TV was not logical or practical. If there is some speaker that enables you to do this then I stand corrected.

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I've never seen a speaker that takes HDMI and passes the video signal to the TV. I don't think it exists.

I don't think you thought this out properly. Any zone 2 setup requires speaker wire to the speakers or has a line out where you connect a seperate amp to the speakers.

Running a single HDMI and expecting it run a pair of speakers and pass video to the TV was not logical or practical. If there is some speaker that enables you to do this then I stand corrected.

There are soundbars that do this. I have seen them. Disregarded them though as I didn't want a soundbar.

And I don't think you are interpreting my initial post properly. I know that zone 2 will not work with my receiver, but I am still calling this my "would-be zone 2", meaning it's my second zone where I intend to pass audio/video from my receiver, just not from it's zone 2 out. I know that sounds confusing -- I'm simply saying I am not using the internal "zone 2" from my receiver.

I can in fact drive audio and video to this room via HDMI -- I am currently doing it. All I am looking for are speaker recommendations that either take toslink or HDMI, but I believe I found one at this point anyhow:
http://www.amazon.com/Kanto-Speakers-YUMIBLK-Integrated-Technology/dp/B00AMAJG94/ref=sr_1_6?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1364916254&sr=1-6&keywords=speakers+with+remote


I did not run HDMI specifically planning to power speakers and then my TV. The HDMI was ran to feed video to my TV, which again I have said was already working. I am just trying to incorporate speakers into the mix now.
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What you have a link to will work. Because HDMI or Toslink will only pass a line level signal and no power. You need amplification which those YUM speakers will have. I have no idea if they're any good or not.

I know these sound good.

http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-A5plus

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What you have a link to will work. Because HDMI or Toslink will only pass a line level signal and no power. You need amplification which those YUM speakers will have. I have no idea if they're any good or not.

I know these sound good.

http://audioengineusa.com/Store/Audioengine-A5plus

Ah yes, I was very interested in these models as I saw great reviews, however it doesn't appear that has optical in.
I did see a few good reviews on the ones I posted. Looks like they are well built, and at $400 I expect they will be sufficient.

The bluetooth is also a nice addition on the ones I posted as well.
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I see now, you'd have to buy the audioengine D2 wireless converter and then hook the receiver up to your speakers.

http://kenrockwell.com/audio/audioengine/d2.htm

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