I currently own 2112CI model from last year. I have recently acquired 2 monoblock amplifiers (135watts each) and was trying to fiddle around with the 2112CI for pre-outs (Zone 2). After a couple of hours, no joy. The manual clearly says that Zone 2 pre-outs only pass analog signals (bastards!) So, I can't use my Apple TV or PS3 with Zone 2 pre-outs.
Now, the 2112CI is on Craigslist for a new home. I am back in the market for another receiver...infact, I just need a pre-amp with HDMI inputs but they're exceeding hard to find and pretty pricey. Seems like I am just going to get a receiver and use pre-outs.
I have a request from all the pros in this forum thread. What is a good model to go with if I want the following:
- HDMI 1.4 with 3D switching
- Strip HDMI audio and pass through the pre-outs (just need 2.1, but 7.1 couldn't hurt)
- Need a volume control for the pre-outs. My monoblocks have no volume control...so I cannot use line-level pre-out signal in interest of saving my ears/speakers.
- I don't need Audessey or any of the DSP really...
Even an older xx12 would work :-) I am also looking at the Harman Kardon 3600 which has 7.1 pre-outs...not sure if they are line-level or variable volume.