AVR-3313CI - explain 'lacks the ability to play digital source content to zone 2 without additional analog connection" - AVS Forum
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Help...I need AV for dummies please...
With this receiver , AVR-3313CI , set up for 3 zones , can I have a movie in 5.1 in main zone and then use the built in Pandora or Sirrius Radio to send audio to zones 2 and 3 ? But if I want to hook up a tablet or iphone and listen in zones 2 and 3, while movie is playing -- I would need an additional analog connection ? So -- it's possible -- just not as streamlined and neat as just hooking up to front USB or HDMI?
Obviously...I know nothing about today's technology...and appreciate any help. Trying to understand the difference between AVR-x4000 (the new model of this 3313CI). Hoping we can live with 3313CI.
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Most AVR's only have one D to A converter. So I think you can only have one digital source playing at a time.
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As the 3313CI is a 7CH AVR, with a 5.1 setup in the main zone, in order to be setup for stereo audio to Zones 2 and 3, you must have an external 2CH amp connected to the AVR for Zone 3 to expand to 9CH of audio (5.1+2+2). With that configuration, yes you can then pass an on board audio source (eg. Pandora, SiriusXM (w/subscription), etc.) or iDevice connected to the USB jack to either or both Zones 2 and 3 with a DD/DTS 5.1 movie playing in Zone 1. To connect the iDevice other than USB, would require connecting to an analog input. The X4000 would require the same additional 2CH amp to add stereo Zone 3 and would also allow for the same Network/USB audio to Zones 2/3 while a different source is playing in the main zone. The difference, however, is that with the X4000 you could connect the iDevice via HDMI and pass it to Zone 2 or connect it via optical/digital coax and pass it to either/both Zones 2/3 as well.

Note also there are dedicated threads for the Denon XX13 models .....

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1409431/the-official-denon-avr-xx13-model-owners-thread-faq/0_100#post_21995257

and newer E/X models ...

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1465528/the-official-2013-denon-e-series-x-series-avr-model-owners-thread-faq/0_100#post_23134210

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Thank you both. Are you saying with the 3313ci, I can connect the idevice via USB, then I won't even need to connect via analog? I assume that with both and adding the ex amp... I can listen to same thing in all three zones if that is desired. Thanks...
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Yes, that is correct for both models.

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