My bedroom will be a Zone 3. So it seems that my best bet is either my Sony with the Airport Express, or a true Zone 3 receiver with an external Airport Express source too (on CD, or MULTI CH on a Yamaha); I already have an Airport Express. It seems that even the XX13 models would be awkward to use (turn on AirPlay everywhere, THEN turn it off in main). A true Zone 3 would be nice as I might be able to channel any source to the bedroom, but I can also get an iTach IR to switch sources on the Sony... So I can sort that out separately.
My Zone 2 will be kitchen + outdoors. Can I use that AudioZone impedance matching volume control
to have the outside off unless I turn that volume up? Is that what you were talking about (and are some of those remote controllable)? And is there a way to use two of those to turn either the kitchen or the outdoors on?
The Denon has apparently a bug in AirPlay
so built-in AirPlay is not that much of a "plus" anymore if I have to keep disconnecting/reconnecting to the Denon to make AirPlay work (something that cannot be automated well either).
Besides functionality (I am reasonably happy with the current Xbox + music setup with the Denon after getting a component cable and using VIDEO SELECT; I need to retry on the Yamaha to see if I can improve what I had there), the other two things that I don't fully grasp and will influence which receiver I'll keep:
- Is 7.1 going to be overkill in my room (I posted pictures of the room in this thread
)? If so, then the 2312 or 3312 is just fine. But I'd like to experiment with 7.1 if it could make a difference (all rear speakers will be in ceiling).
- All things price-wise being equal and features working about the same, is YPAO multi point (w/ or w/o RSC) not as good as Audyssey XT? I listened to a Yamaha and a Denon at Best Buy and could not tell a difference; I also doubt that they run the room correction in their room (since they switch speakers to demo them, and they are all in different locations). A 7.2 Yamaha (the 1010) with its "intelligent amps assign" would absolutely cover a 7.1 for movies / 5.1 + zone 2 stereo for all other times. With a Denon I'd need an extra stereo amp if I went with 7.1 + Zone 2, right?
- As a sequel to the previous question, does the Denon have IP commands that would directly change its amp assign? I imagine that one could automate this with a remote controlled speaker switch if there are IP commands to do that? I looked at Denon's 2312 Serial Protocol document
but did not see something that seemed like it. It may just be that I am looking for the wrong term (that happens a lot with the manual too! Each brand has its own lingo...) I don't think that simulating menu interaction with the MN commands would be very robust, but who knows?
PS: Speaking of VIDEO SELECT on the Denon, I am right to think that once I've set MENU > INPUT SELECT > VIDEO SELECT > XBOX there is no way for me to get the GUI for that source (say Tuner or Internet Radio) without going back to MENU > INPUT SELECT > VIDEO SELECT > SOURCE? It's a slight annoyance but I can work around that by using presets and not needing the UI anymore. But if there is a quick way to get the SOURCE video back on that'd be awesome.