Originally Posted by jfleming
Thanks for the response RTP. I've set up a Harmony 550 universal remote so this issue isn't such a big deal anymore. I'm more concerned about the Zone 2 usage issue I reported earlier as this capability was a big factor in my purchasing the unit.
To reiterate the problem, I'm trying to use the Zone 2 composite A/V outputs to simultaneously broadcast my DVR input in a second room. In trying this, I get neither audio nor visual being sent though I know that the cables I am using are fine.
To add to my configuration details, I have a secondary set of speakers outside that I have set up as Speaker B on the back surround sound lines. To support this, I have configured these speakers as Speaker B in the System Settings. Is it possible that the Multi-Zone capability is disabled if you are using the back surround speakers as Speaker B?
I think you've run into a limitation of the 1019 as compared to, say my previous (and unlamented) AVR.
The choice is one of these:
1. A 7.1 configuration.
2. A 5.1 configuration and a 'B' speaker setup
3. A 5.1 configuration and a Zone 2 configuration.
They are (IMO) mutually exclusive, and if it is configured, the Zone 2 inputs are (cryptically in the manual) limited. An earlier poster noted that the limitation is that any digital input other than USB/iPod (and that only works in the 1019, not the 919) won't be sent to Zone 2.
So you'll have to take the extra step to select between (2) and (3) if I read your intent right. Granted, that can be done fairly easily, but can't be done simultaneously.
I plan on running RCA cables from my HD-DVD (and eventually a BR player) for CD music input to the second Zone, since HDMI feeds won't make it to the second zone. I don't think 'B' speaker setups have this limitation, they get the full panoply of inputs.