I'm new to this forum so this, my first post, may be a little longer than usual but I'm looking for some advice to solve a particular problem and this looks like the right place to come.
Firstly, to help you understand the scenario, I'll be moving into a new house in the next month or so. The new place currently has a NuVo Simplese (4 zone, 4 source audio distribution), unfortunately however the current owner is taking everything except the cables. My initial thought was that would be OK, because I'd like to upgrade the system anyway, but that was before I did I little research into what was available, what they costs and what the benefits of each of the other systems are i.e. NuVo Essentia, SpreakerCraft MZC-66, the various Elan models etc. I'll discuss those in another thread, but then I came across the new Yamaha RX-A3020 and this is where my question comes in.
The RX-A3020 is advertised as a 4Zone system but it's unclear, at least to me, exactly how I could use these 4 zones.
What I'd like to do is the following:
Zone 1 - TV room - 7.1 surround
Zone 2 - Main Bedroom - HDMI (pre-amp) out to the RX-V765, where I should be able to create an independent (from the main zone) video, 5.1 surround stage
Zone 3 - Patio - Component out, plus "zone 2" (pre-amp) out to the RX-V440, I should be able to watch whatever source is selected for that zone, or use the screen to navigate Music/Movie selection, this should also be independent from the main zone, especially for Audio.
Zone 4 - Kitchen (Powered zone) - to dive two in ceiling speakers in the kitchen area, this would typically be for whatever audio is on in Zone 1
Of course with "Party mode" I'd like the same audio in Zone1, 3, and 4, with independent audio control.
So..., who can tell me if that's all possible, or do I need to find yet another solution, any suggestions?
If it helps, here's the product page
Front panel view
PS - I would normally embed the images, but these are quite large.