Originally Posted by Nikonowski
For example, I would like it to be able to downconvert HDMI signal to ZONE2 out which is analog, also I would like that it upconverts to 1080p on HDMI input
This is a pretty old question, but I didn't see a full answer for it. I think someone responded to say that it does a very nice job of upconverting.
Downconverting, however, not so much unfortunately. I would also like this functionality, but alas the only video that will go to ZONE2 is SD video coming in over an RCA (composite) connection. HDMI or component video will not go to zone 2, nor (for that matter) will the audio from an HDMI or digital connection.
This is pretty unfortunate, if you ask me. Of all the things I have hooked up to my AVR (PS3, Xbox, Wii, Cable box, Apple TV) only the cable box seems to support simultaneous HD/SD outputs. In other words, I have an HDMI cable as well as 3 composite cables (V/R/L) from the cable box to the AVR and the cable box automatically outputs HD to the HDMI and SD to the composite. And so I can watch the cable in zone 2 and the main zone at the same time.
Unfortunately, nothing else supports this. The PS3 comes close- all I need to do is turn on "Multi-out" for audio (which turns OFF 7.1 output) and change the resolution to 480i and it will output to zone 2- no cable fiddling required.
The XBox and Wii (which I have a component cable for) will not go to zone 2 without switching cables around. The Apple TV also won't (because it doesn't actually HAVE a composite video out, if you can believe that)- though I understand there is a hack you can apply (if you've patched your aTV) to turn one of the component outs into a composite out, at which point I believe I could configure it to 480i and get zone 2 output without re-cabling.
In other words, it's all a huge pain and I really wish it would just downconvert digital video and audio signals for zone 2. As it stands, the zone 2 video output is not so useful- which is a real shame. I have it routed (via an rf modulator, using our existing coax cabling in the walls) to a guest bedroom, and it would be really great if all the game systems and apple TV worked without having to change settings and particularly without having to change cables.
I hope that overly long answer helps you or someone with... something.