Originally Posted by gregoryperkins
No, I use it for net radio all the time
I assume you mean the "NET" source as shown in my screenshot above, showing that as one of the allowable input sources for sound going to Zone2.
So this is not a surprise at all to me. It's what is called "audio-only", and is exactly the use for how I read the speakers in Zone2 to be intended.
and I just tested a bd and it works too.
What? This is from HDMI1-6 input, or from some other audio-only input as shown on my screenshot above?
Can you please describe what you did here in detail, because I'm stumped to figure out how you got L/R audio out of HDMI1 (for example) sent to Zone2. Perhaps if you configured one of the audio-only input sources available to have their input say from optical or some other audio-only source I can understand playing CD music on Zone2. But not from HDMI1-6 as I read the manual.
Can you please clarify what you did here?
I'm still a rookie with anything to do with speakers (on either 863 or 867, never having had any connected before now) so please tell me exactly what buttons to push (either on the panel of the unit or the remote) to get sound out of Zone2 speakers.
Also, if you mute the primary speakers, the zone 2 keeps playing.
Again, you've confused me here. I originally asked if the primary speakers could be muted and I thought the answer was no, since you suggested using Zone2 to solve me problem and need.
That is exactly what I want to do... is to mute primary speakers BUT AT THE SAME TIME KEEP THE PREAMP OUTPUTS ACTIVE. In other words if possible I effectively want to pull the speaker cables out of the speaker terminals, but leave the AVR doing its thing out of the preamp outputs, through a button push. I want L/R channel output out of preamp outputs to be unaffected by whatever I do for the real speakers, connected to either primary or Zone2 terminals.
And I want the connected speakers, either to primary or Zone2 terminals, to be contolled by some kind of ON/OFF (just like a real speaker switch would) so that I don't have to fool around with actually pulling out or pushing in banana plugs at the end of the speaker cables, to the AVR speaker terminals.
If you MUTE the primary speakers then the preamp outputs are also MUTE'd, which is NOT what I want. I only want to disable the speakers themselves.
I figured you must have an apartment if you invested that much in headphones!
That's the reason.
Another thing you could do is get a speaker splitter and just use it for one set. When you don't want the speakers on, switch it to an output with no speaker, it's cheaper than a pre/amp.
That is EXACTLY what I've just done.
I ordered this inexpensive and small speaker switch
(7" x 4"):
With two sets of L/R speaker wire pairs properly prepared to put the switch between the 867 and my one set of speakers, it should do the job perfectly. And it also presents a load to the AVR even when the speakers are OFF, which is good.
And then the other Altec-Lansing speakers (essentially connected at the other end of the L/R preamp outputs from the 867) are completely independent of the B&W speakers. So both speaker sets are fed from the AVR, and both speakers sets can be independently turned on or off as desired. And both can be turned off when I want to listen to sound through the Realiser and headphones.Edited by DSperber - 1/6/13 at 4:08pm