Originally Posted by swa pilot
Hi everyone, thinking about getting a 1019. i have my speakers in the family room and speakers outside on the patio, is there a setting to allow me to operate the individually or both at the same time.
Thanks for the help.
The 1019 will let you set up either separate speakers (A, B, A+B) configuration, where A would be your 5.1, and B would be stereo. This loses you a 7.1 configuration if you were planning on that.
Separate speakers would let you feed one signal into your main area (A), or your alternate area (B) while not sending anything to your main area, or to both areas (A+B). It is the same exact source, though.
You can also set it up as a separate zone, (which also loses you the 7.1) so you can use your main area for HT (5.1) and the separate zone for music (and video I think) simulatenaously. You could have two separate sources playing in the two separate areas.
As one of our posters has found, though - the second zone can't receive broadcasts from digital inputs, so if you have a CD or DVD player connected via HDMI or optical, and you play a CD, it won't get there. To get it to work, you'd have to run RCA cables from it to the 1019, then use that as your input to Zone 2. You can, however use the iPod or USB input for music to that zone, so it depends on how you want to use it.
I've got this set up with a separate zone (main 5.1 is family room, zone 2 is living room) and I want only music in the second zone, so I have no problem running extra cables from my HD-DVD player or (soon to be here) OPPO BD player in case I want to feed that music to my living room.