I have a question regarding audio routing in the 863.
I'm planning on upgrading my current receiver to the 863, but there's one crucial feature I would need before I can commit: I need to be able to route the analog audio from all my source devices through the analog L-R outputs so that I can broadcast my TV/DVD/etc signals throughout my home (via Sonos), even while the receiver is set to decode just the digital audio stream from those sources
Currently I can do this with my Sony STR-DG800 as long as I drag analog cables from the source component to the receiver along with the digital cable. The Sony just lets the analog signal right on through to Sonos (and the house) while my main theater room hears the decoded digital stream. If the 863 doesn't do the same, it's a no-go for me (which would be a pity, because it looks perfect otherwise!).
If it helps to see ASCII art, here's what I currently do. In this example, I'm watching a DVD:
|---spdif--->| SONY |--spkr out-->SPEAKERS
| | STRDG800 |
|---analog-->| RECEIVER |--analog---->SONOS-->house
Also, I don't know if it will make a difference if the digital audio is coming through HDMI or S/PDIF, but I'd like the analog audio to go to Sonos with both of those options too.
Can anyone confirm if this is possible with the 863? I'd be eternally grateful if someone could confirm. The manual isn't perfectly clear on the matter, so I'd love to check for sure before I drop $800+ on this thing :-)