Originally Posted by DanielG
Originally Posted by Selden Ball
A design oversight in all of D&M's 2012 equipment (including the 4520 receiver and 8801 pre/pro) is that they cannot forward external digital audio sources (HDMI or S/PDIF) to Zone 2's analog outputs. They can only forward analog audio input connections. Of course, this is a serious problem in 2013, since many current BD players no longer include analog audio outputs. This oversight was fixed in their 2013 models: stereo PCM audio can be forwarded as analog to Zone 2, including HDMI signals which have been down-mixed to stereo PCM. This limitation does not apply to the internal tuner or networked audio. Apparently it is a limitation in the hardware which cannot be fixed by a firmware update.
D&M audio processing settings are remembered for each different type of audio input.
Thanks for the additional details - very helpful. For music audio, networked audio (I assume that means streaming something off of iTunes, etc.) is fine for my other zone audio purposes but I do want to be able to send cable tv as well to other zones (I need to for a couple of zones as they aren't fed otherwise). Is there anything that can be done to send video to other zones?
Caveat: I have no personal experience with multi-zone systems, since my (relatively simple) needs are handled primarily by having a completely separate A/V system in my bedroom.
Questions about whole-house A/V distribution would get better answers in the Forum http://www.avsforum.com/f/36/home-a-v-distribution
If you want to send the same HDMI signals to all of the zones, you might want to consider an HDMI "splitter". An example is http://www.amazon.com/Bytecc-HMSP104-1x4-HDMI-Splitter/dp/B004N1SIB0
Alternatively, you might consider an external HDMI matrix switch. Unfortunately, they tend to be rather expensive.
Don't forget that the HDMI standard requires the source device to downgrade its signal to match the least-capable display device. In some cases this can be worked around by providing a fake EDID signal from something like the HDMI Detective http://www.amazon.com/Gefen-EXT-HDMI-EDIDP-HDmi-Detective-Plus/dp/B001RIMZUW
What is the HDMI out Zone 4 used for? Does that mean that the music/video from the main zone cannot be sent out to the other zones for whole house listening/viewing from the same source? I assume users have overcome this limitation as many people must use the other zones - just not sure what it means for my setup.
As I understand it, the Zone 4 HDMI output only provides access to the HDMI inputs. It's part of the same HDMI switch. i.e. it doesn't provide access to the tuner or to networked audio sources.
To send the same video to the other zones, you'd need to put a splitter on one of the HDMI monitor outputs.
A limitation of all receivers and pre/pros is that they do not
provide access to networked video or to video files stored on USB drives. For that you need a modern Blu-ray player, a dedicated "media player" or an HTPC.
If not, seems to be a strange and very big oversight in a product like this.....not like it is new technology to do it. Does Marantz have a hardware upgrade program like Anthem does so it can be fixed?
No, they don't. Denon used to sell a relatively high-end pre/pro which was upgradable, but apparently it was just too small a market and thus too expensive for them to continue supporting it. There are rumors of higher-end equipment with the Denon label being released next year, so presumably there will be equivalent Marantz units, too. Nobody knows what their features will be, though, other than support for HDMI V2.0.
I hope these comments help a little.