Originally Posted by batpig
I wouldn't say it's TOTALLY useless. I bet there will be a market for people who want to use that HDMI Zone 2 output (e.g. allowing them to a TV in an adjacent bedroom without having to buy a second Blu-ray player).
Of course you're correct, I was just frustrated.
I'm still trying to figure out the best way of dealing with my setup, though, and everything I look up comes so frustratingly close to perfect but never quite there.
Right now, I've got the output of my old 888 going through a monoprice splitter and then servicing the TV in my living room and bedroom. The bedroom is wired up with a pair of speakers in a 2.0 configuration that's wired back to zone 2 (along with a set of speakers in the bathroom). Anyhow, to make it work I have the harmony setup to fire up the main zone, select the video source and mute the main zone speakers, and at the same time select the same input on zone 2. Of course, this means that I have the analog audio outputs run from all the gear to the receiver as well, to support zone 2. Where this falls down is the inputs from my HTPC (running XBMC) and the ATV2, which realistically can't do simultaneous digital and analog audio output. For the ATV2, I've got a cheapie TOSLINK->Analog DAC which does the trick, and I can keep using that I suppose. I was just really wishing there was a way to tame the rat's nest of cables in my media closet.
well, the same is true for the lower level models which had networking and didn't allow 2.0 PCM from optical/coax to Zone 2. There must be something else required internally to implement the optical/coax functionality that adds to Denon's cost, or else they would do it for all the models. It's clear that they achieved some cost savings by slashing this feature, otherwise why would they have done so?
True enough, though I smell this being more of a market segmentation thing than a cost reduction effort.