I'm considering buying this reciever, this thread is very helpful. Not sure if anyone posted it already (or if it's too obvious), but I found the online manual helpful too:http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/Manuals/Home/VSX-1122-K_OperatingInstructions070612.pdf
I'm still thumbing through it, but I found some answers to my confusion on how to operate the second zone. I can see I'm not the only one who is not clear on this.
My understanding from the manual.
The receiver can play sound on only ONE of the following at any time;
Physical Connection Group 1:
Surround Back - for 6.1 or 7.1 setup
Zone2 - Allows for speakers in another area to play the same or a different source than Zone1 (with limitations shown below)
Physical Connection Group2:
Front Height - alternative to surround back? This is the new prologic IIz setup?
Front Wide - alternative to surround back? This is the new prologic IIz setup?
Speaker B - Stereo version of what's playing in Zone1. This is the feature I'm used to from older receivers.
It's a little confusing that they have two sets of outputs. I guess the point is that you can wire a set of speakers into Group 1 and one into Group 2, for example, Zone2 and Front Height. This will allow you to change the receiver config to drive either Zone2 or Front Height.
I only run a 5.1 setup, so I'm planning to use Zone2 for my patio. Some limitations that I found (pg 28) is that Zone2 does not support playback of anything that came in on HDMI, Optical or Coax. This is unfortunate, because I like the feature of having two sources playing. Someone inside can be watching TV, and the patio can have music. But when you want music from an optical source inside and out, you can't do that...? Well I think you can, but you need to use Speaker B for that. But with speaker B, you don't get two sources. So I'm thinking, should I connect my outdoor speakers to Zone2 or SpeakerB. My existing setup only supports SpeakerB functionality, so I could stick with that, but I'd like to use Zone2. If airplay doesn't work too well on the receiver, I may need to connect an appleTV, then I'll be forced to use speakerB.
I assume it would be harmful to connect my patio speakers to BOTH Zone2 and SpeakerB? Noise issues, bad for the receiver? I guess I could get a simple A/B switch to solve the problem with minimal hassle of having to go downstairs to switch (infrequent, so acceptable).
A related issue I'm wondering about is I want to use the Zone2 pre-out to go to another receiver so I can expand and have more zones. I have 3 other zones already that this receiver will let me more tightly integrate. The issue I have is that if you can't drive HDMI, optical or Coax to Zone2, it won't come out the Zone2 pre-out either, so I'm limited as to what can be played on all zones. I think I can live with it. The only immediate issue is my cable box, which has outputs in HDMI, Optical and RCA. If it simultaneously outputs on the digital and analog, I should be set.
Also if you're playing something from the network port (Pandora, Media server, etc) then Zone 2 can only play that same content to Zone 2. Not a big deal for me, since if I'm playing music inside, I expect to want to play the same music outside.
Issue1 is the main one for me. I'm going to try using Zone2 for outside and see how it works out. I'd like to hear thoughts and what people are using (Zone2 or SpeakerB)? Has anyone observed the limitations, and do the workarounds work?