Apologies for YAZ2 Question (Yet Another Zone 2), but I would like to ensure that what I believe is happening is expected, as well as get appropriate advice for what I'd like to do.
First, the ingredients:
- Onkyo NR-609
- 5.1 speaker set
- Plans for Zone 2 out, feeding two different pairs of speakers with an in-wall volume control per pair.
I'm making the assumption that the Zone 2 speakers will originate from the Zone 2 bare-wire connectors that are immediately to the left of the 7.1 jacks. Zone 2 speaker setting on receiver set to "Powered: Yes"
And now, the various inputs:
- TiVo, connected via component video, RCA audio
- PS3, connected via HDMI
- Roku, connected via HDMI
- AppleTV, connected via HDMI
- Stereo (via Onkyo)
- Net streaming apps (via Onkyo)
What I've done thus far is merely testing. While everything plays just fine over the primary speaker channels, I have not heard any audio via the PS3, Roku, or AppleTV that were connected solely via HDMI. Which is not completely unexpected, if how I interpreted the manual correctly regarding how Zone 2 would not support digital audio input.
So what options would you suggest for as fully-as-possible implementing a Zone 2 solution that would allow playback of that HDMI audio?
Do I get a set of "HDMI Audio Extractors" like http://www.mycablemart.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=4036
(thx, Google!), and plug into the appropriate/matching RCA jacks? If so, then how does that affect Zone 1 listening experience?
Of course, Amazon reviews say that that device won't work with AppleTV and recommends http://www.amazon.com/D3-Digital-Converter-Optical-Toslink/dp/B005K2TXMO
instead. Couldn't find a comparable item on Monoprice.
I figure for just one HDMI application, the solution would be relatively easy. Is it still the same if I'm looking at more than one HDMI entries?
Thanks in advance for whatever recommendations you can provide.