New to the forum here and wasn't able to find exactly the information I was looking for on the capabilities of having HDMI out for zone 2. This thread
was kind of the issue I am looking at.
Inside in my Main Zone I am running 5.1 (RF-82ii, RC-62ii, RS-52ii, and SW-310) and then have 2 outdoor speakers on the back porch for audio outside associated with Zone 2. Right now I have an older Yamaha receiver (no HDMI capability) and want to upgrade (for that reason), and in the process add a smaller HDTV outside on the porch. The receivers I am looking at are the Yamaha Aventage A2020, Marantz SR7007, and by extension the Denon 3313CI which appears to be the same as the Marantz (Ive seen lots of arguing over whether or not they are the same but in the scenario I am interested in with Zone 2 HDMI out, they have the same capabilities). The difference with these are that the A2020 2nd HDMI out is mirroring the Main Zone, while the Marantz and Denon have a discrete 2nd HDMI that can be assigned to another zone out.
My HDMI inputs to the receiver are DirecTV, Blu-ray, Xbox, and Computer (This is where the other thread was partially what I was interested in as all the inputs are HDMI, unless I am misunderstanding the other thread and how the zones work based on the type of input). I have asked these questions to Marantz and Yamaha but there responses haven't been exactly the information I was looking for, so I have asked them for clarification and thought some people here with the receivers or knowledge about them may be able to enlighten me.
For the A2020 where the 2nd HDMI out is mirroring:
1)Will I be able to mirror the DirecTV HDMI video input signal both on the Main Zone TV and the Porch TV and have the accompanying audio play through the speakers in the Main Zone and Zone 2?
2) For playing the same audio in both zones "party mode" is used (i have been told). Would it be possible to have the DirecTV input Playing through the main zone (TV and Audio), enable "party mode" to replicate the audio to zone 2, and enable mirroring on HDMI out 2 to play the video feed on the porch? (unfortunately it seems that party mode makes both zones stereo)
3) If there is a limitation against this (party mode plus HDMI mirroring), would moving up to the next model, the A3020 which as a discrete Zone 2 HDMI be able to handle this?
The final question brings me to the other two receiver, SR7007 and 3313CI, which both have a discrete HDMI 2 out that can be associated with another zone:
1) If I buy one of these receivers with a discrete 2nd HDMI out, am I able to play the same audio/video input source on the both channels or do they have to be separate inputs? I got concerned about this when reading through the manual for the Marantz and Denon models. Page 104 of the Marantz Manual states "If you select a same input source for MAIN ZONE and ZONE 2, audio playback may be restricted or video may be interrupted".
2) for the A3020 manual pages 90-95, I didn't see anything about being able to play the same source on both zones, it always said different. The only time it said the same source was for "party mode" audio.
Basically, if I have people over to watch the game, can I play it inside in the living room TV and outside on the porch TV at the same time using the speakers connected to the receiver (Main Zone and Zone 2). Sorry for the really long question and thanks if anyone can help me understand this better!