Originally Posted by Signal1
I don't want to use a second application.
I'm not sure exactly if I'm interpreting you correctly since I'm not an airplay user. that said, I think you may be misinterpreting how zones work in receivers.
using airplay with a device is still 1 connected device, is that not right? if so, then you're kind of expecting the receiver to work backwards, creating phantom devices for every zone. and receivers AFAIK
don't work that way. each device, no matter if its a player, a cable box, an ipod, Pandora, is a single device not instances of the that device and the receiver acts as a matrix switcher to send the sources signals to the various zones using hard wired connections. and you can even have more than 1 device playing at same time, with 1 going to zone 1 and an other to zone 2.
it sounds like you're expecting the receiver to act like a PC with an OS, and while they are increasingly computer-like with firmware, they are not PC's or install multiple instances of a device. the way you'd like to interpret it, that would mean an ordinary player would get installed as a multiple devices for every zone & no such animal exists. using zone controls exist to direct the signals from a device to that specific zone.
you can use the remote, the front panel buttons or the i-app to do that. the i-app is easy to use, and you're only talking about a few seconds to turn on a zone and select the device
no receiver works the way you think it should. I'll do some checking in the Pioneer manual and if I find I'm wrong and there is a way, I'll post back.
but you can ask in the Denon 4520, 4311 & Onkyo 5010 threads since those are comparable flagship receivers. I could be wrong & maybe one of them will work your way
I know there are Denon owners who use airplay in those threads. if you find out one of them can, your input would be very helpful to other Pioneer SC model owners so please post how it works for you and what you find out in the SC-68 thread. this will help your fellow owners