Originally Posted by ed1
fitzcarldo215, I can confirm that I have both an optical cable and an RCA cable connected to the "TV/CD" inputs. When only the optical was connected, there was no audio sent to the zones. When the RCA cable is added, audio is sent to both the main listening area and the zones and the Audessey light remains on.
This would be consistent with the 80.3 using ONLY the analog signal if, as you say, it is converting the stereo analog signal to digital and applying Audeysey.
As soon as I receive the cables I ordered, I will try the same approach with HDMI and RCA from the Blu-ray player. The question I am having is whether the dual cable set up will send audio to both the main listening area and the zones, yet leave the HDMI connection unimpaired for Blu-rays/DVDs for the main listening area when desired. I am curious as to whether the main listening area will be receiving audio over the HDMI or the RCA connection. I'm not really sure that I can determine which would be active for the main listening area if the 80.3 can convert stereo analog to digital and apply Audessey.
I appreciate everyone's input on this.
I'm not an 80.3 owner, but I know my way around AVR zone operations.
Earlier, when you listed THIS: "If signals are present at more than one input, the inputs will
be selected automatically in the following order of priority:
HDMI, digital, analog."
I believe they are/were simply referring to the MAIN zone...should have zero affect on the reality that the 2nd and 3rd zones will only accept analog inputs.
Basically, it's an "unadjustable" order of use with main zone digital inputs (which again, really doesn't affect the way the other zones operate).
Now, with higher end Denon AVR's you can "force" a given input type to the top of this prioritization list (EXP: you can choose: DIGITAL/ANALOG/HDMI to be first), or you can leave it set to "AUTO" which seems to operate very similarly to how I would guess your Integra is running the show (including the supplied order of importance). In this functionality, it will prioritize the MAIN zone as indicated in the manual, but will also (as I would imagine is also described in the manual, somewhere) ONLY play analog inputs to zones 2 and 3.
SO, if indeed you connect a given components digital and analog inputs to the same Integra input- so long as the connected device outputs both analog and digital signals simultaneously- you should have no problem playing it in both the main and secondary zones...BUT, you should almost certainly expect a reverb/delay between the main and secondary zones due to how the DSP operates on either (I cannot speak for the Integra but I know the Audyssey applied to the main room of Denon AVR's causes the sound to arrive later than the zones not being EQ'd).
I'm fairly confident with this explanation, but if someone has a different idea, I'm all ears.
And by the way, the reason for my visit: is there any word on an 11.X channel (and perhaps digital inputs to the zones, lmao) replacement for this anytime soon...been scouring the thread and haven't found anything.
JamesEdited by mastermaybe - 1/16/13 at 7:01am