Originally Posted by MichaelJHuman
Zone is the easiest and most flexible way to hook up the rock speakers. Note that you will need analog connections for audio though. For example, if you are going to play CDs, connect an audio cable from your CD/DVD/Blu-ray player.
Most iPod docks are analog, so you should be ok there. The tuner is exempt and will work with any zone, same with network audio/Rhapsody.
Shoot, that's too bad. I bought this receiver with the aim of eventually being able to route sound to the speakers on my back patio. The Zone 2 control seemed ideal for this. I don't ever see a need for running two different zones simultaneously from two differnt sources, but I would like to be able to turn my main zone on only OR zone 2 on only OR have both on. Kind of like the A, B or A+B speaker switch on my old receiver. Can I do this?
Also, most of my music is on an HTPC and is currently routed to the 3900 via HDMI. I can configure my pc sound to output analog to the 3900 if I want, but I get an annoying low level ac hum. Any idea how to solve that? Also, the analog output should carry all the same sound information as HDMI, correct?