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HDMI and Multi Zones Woes

post #1 of 5
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Help!
I have a DenonAVR-2808CI. I have 2 HDMI sources connected (a DirectTV DVR and an AppleTV). I use the receiver in the family room with a 6.1 set up. I ant to be able to listen to my iTunes through my AppleTV and also pipe the audio to several other rooms for whole home audio (master, back patio, den, etc.). I would also like to be able to select a music channel from the DirectTV line up and listen to that using a whole home set up. I have the other rooms all linked via a Monster Cable multi Room Selector Switch that allows me to turn on or off up to 6 rooms.

HOWEVER, since my audio sources are coming in via HDMI, Denon wont allow me to assign an amp to Zone 2 and listen to those HDMI audio sources.

I have tried using a pre-amp out (FL and FR) to send audio to second Denon Receiver, but that didn't work. the work arounds all seem pretty ugly and lame for 2010 and Denon.

How can I easily listen to the HDMI audio sources throughout the house?
post #2 of 5
Can you run analog audio cables from the sources to the receiver? (In addition to HDMI). Connect them to an unused input like CD or TAPE (or whatever they are called on your system). You should be able to send analog inputs to Zone 2.

This assumes that your sources output analog audio simultaneously with HDMI.
post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by bcostelow View Post


How can I easily listen to the HDMI audio sources throughout the house?

via the avr, you can't easily do it... that's not unique to your avr, that's true of virtually EVERY avr...
post #4 of 5
Although the 2808CI was released over 3 years ago, the requirement of only analog to Zone 2 still exists with the vast majority of AVRs < $1000 even today. The 2808CI will also allow PCM 2.0 from an optical or digital coax cable as well. As noted above, simply connect an analog cable (in addition to the HDMI cable) from those sources you want to pass to Zone 2.
post #5 of 5
There are other ways to do it, but the easiest and cheapest is to do as the others suggested and run analog audio cables alongside the HDMI cables between the sources and your receiver. When you select that source on the receiver, it will automatically direct the analog input associated with that source to Zone 2 while using the digital HDMI audio for Zone 1.
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