Originally Posted by wriley1
Thanks for the reply jdsmoothie. Unfortunately I don't follow all that, apparently I don't know as much as I thought about all this. Let me ask you something that is more important to me right now. I added 2 speakers outside and hooked them into my front b slots, I have a 7.1 setup inside. When I use front a and b, the volume on the outdoor speakers is very low compared to inside. Why is this? Is it because I am on Dolby digital surround mode? Do I need to use a different sound mode? What are the advantages and disadvantages to using the front b vs zone 2 hook up? If I go through zone 2 for outside speakers can I listen to the same thing on both zones? I believe I can't unless i use a non digital input, is this correct? Is AirPlay a digital input? Thank you for your time and input, I really appreciate it. I am determined to figure this out. If anyone else wants to help as well, please do.
First let's square away the first issue ... you have two configurations to accomplish your goal ...
1. Connect cable box (HDMI) directly to TV to pass audio/video to the TV without having to turn the AVR ON and also connect cable box (optical) to the AVR for when you want to watch TV and listen to the audio through your surround speakers. With this configuration you can also display video on the TV, mute the TV speakers, and play a different audio source on the AVR.
2. Connect cable box (HDMI+component video cable) to the AVR (not the TV as I mistakenly said in my first post). Assign one source name to the HDMI input and another source name to the component video input. Then on the AVR select the audio source (non-HDMI) you want to listen to and then under that same audio source list of settings, use the "Video Select" setting to select the the cable box component video input.
Now on to your second question ...
The difference between using the "B" speaker posts and the Zone 2 speaker posts is that Zone 2 is assigned to a dedicated amp while the "B" share the same amp as the "A" speaker posts. So when you use "A+B" you are effectively cutting the impedance of the 4 speakers in half (ie. if you have 8Ω speakers connected, then the AVR sees 4Ω speakers and the volume will effectively be lowered as they now require a lot more power to attain the same volume you had them at previously). The advantage to using "B" is you can pass the same audio going to "A" to the "B" while with Zone 2 you can only pass "analog" connected sources, however, it can be independent of whatever is playing in the main zone as well as independent volume from the main zone. Note also that although network radio and Airplay can also pass to Zone 2, the restriction with Airplay is it must also be selected in the main zone in order to play to Zone 2.