Originally Posted by willny
I'm not sure I understand. Can I program the two outputs independently so HDMI 2 gets the pass through HDMI signal and HDMI 1 only gets video with the DVR processing the audio?
I don't blame you, this stuff is not really intuitive.
Let's start with what you can and cannot do with HDMI 2. It's functionally identical to HDMI 1, and will play whatever HDMI 1 would play.
You can manually turn on output to HDMI 2, on the remote control. That button (HDMI out,) on the remote cycles between HDMI 1, HDMI 2 or both.
In standbye mode, you can set output to HDMI 1, HDMI 2 or both.
And that's pretty much all you can do.
If you just want to mirror what's playing in the main zone, you can just run an HDMI cable to a TV. If you want audio, you can turn on HDMI audio ( it's always on in standbye mode.) But there's a downside to that. If you turn on HDMI audio out, your source device, say it's a DVD player, will "see" the audio capabilities of the TV, and not the receiver. Which usually means the DVD player will "see" that only two channel PCM is supported.
One way around this problem is to run a zone to your bedroom as well as an HDMI cable (not that HDMI cables have a limited length.) As long as any source you want to see/hear in the bedroom is connected via analog, you should be able to get this all to work. You would have a TV in the bedroom, along with speakers amped by the receiver. It's a bit kludgy, but I think it would work.
I find zones to be so limited, I would never consider using them. HDMI actually holds forth the promise of receivers in the future that could support multiple HDMI zones. It's a ways off, as it would require some pretty sophisticated silicon.
A chip would have to accept multiple HDMI inputs, and be able to route them to multiple outputs. It would have to know which input was connected to which output, so it could communicate the proper EDID data back to the source.
I had started to get into why zones are so limited, but I decided I was wasting your time. I have given it a lot of thought, and realize why zones are so limited. Thinking about a receiver which could take both analog and digital inputs and send them to any assignable amps in the receiver is significantly more complex/expensive than the current systems, for example you would need more DACs, and you would need more decoding chips.