Originally Posted by ccotenj
so far, what i'm reading on this and the pio thread (which granted isn't much), it appears as if the "hdmi out" to the zone is exactly that, hdmi out only (not processed)... not "process hdmi and send it to a zone"... so it "appears" as if it's acting as a matrix switch for that... that would be exactly what many of us "need", but not what many have asked for...
Originally Posted by spager
So are you saying that you think it will not be able to assign a hdmi to a specific zone or something else? I don't quite understand the term process and not processed and what limitation that would have.
Here's the distinction:
- the "what many have asked for" that Chris refers to is a "true" HDMI zone 2 implementation, whereby the receiver would have two separate HDMI decoders built in. Therefore, you could, for example, be watching a Blu-ray via HDMI in main zone, and simultaneously in the background be decoding music via HDMI from your Apple TV and piping it to the patio speakers in zone 2 outside. That's what he means by "process", the ability to decode the 2nd HDMI feed, and then process/downmix to stereo output for multizone.
This is the part that is probably NEVER going to happen.
- the distinction with how it's probably going to be implemented (the "matrix" switch function that Chris refers to) is that the receiver will be able to PASS the 2nd HDMI signal off to another zone for processing. There would not be a 2nd HDMI decoder built in, so you couldn't take that 2nd HDMI feed and pipe it directly to an amplifier for sound. Rather, the "Zone 2 HDMI" will need an external HDMI decoder (e.g., another HDMI receiver or display) to process/decode the HDMI signal.
So, what you are likely going to be able to do with that "Zone 2 HDMI" is, for example, be watching a Blu-ray via HDMI in the living room, while simultaneously passively passing through the HDMI feed from your cable box to the TV in the bedroom so wife can watch TV. Or you could have that 2nd HDMI feed another HDMI receiver in the other room for a second setup.
So it would be HDMI matrix distribution, but not a "true" zone 2 in the sense that the receiver can't do the processing/decoding on the 2nd hdmi feed. In that zone 2 there will need to be some other device that will receive the HDMI signal and decode it before it become sound/video.
So, basically you can think of it as the receiver simultaneously having the ability to do HDMI decoding and also "standby passthrough" of a 2nd HDMI feed to go somewhere else in the house. The benefit being that you can feed two rooms with HDMI content without having to have two Blu-ray players, two cable boxes, etc.
that's my take at least....