Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: California Gold Country
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I returned to confirm that the Emotiva Pre/Pros will send ALL types of inputs out 3 different analog outputs (Rec, Mix, Zone 2); and by ALL I mean analog, digital - S/PDIF, AND HDMI. I've been using their low end UMC-1 for a few months and it's so nice not to have all the analog cables, and be able to handle devices like Apple TV too. Later this year their higher end XMC-1 will have the same features as will the UMC-1's replacement the UMC-200.
There is one caveat for this, Zone 2 can only play digital sources (HDMI & SPDIF) if it is "Synced" with the main zone (playing the same thing). If you want a separate source in zone 2 then the analog limitation applies. So while this might not work in the OPs scenario, it works great for me, I always want the same source in the main room, throughout the house, and outside - and I want to be able to listen to anything. Emotiva has some inexpensive 5 & 7 channel amps to go with them so yo can get in for the price of a mid-range AVR ~$1000. Sound quality is very good.