I just need to know one thing. Does Airplay finally work in zone 2 completely independent of zone 1? Anyone try it out yet?
If I am not mistaken, you had to step up from the 1712 to the 2112ci if you wanted zone 2, airplay, and multieq XT. It seems that the 1713 has the best of all of those worlds now.
But it also looks like there is a catch:
"With the addition of an external amplifier, the AVR-1713 supports multi-zone operation, allowing two different sources to be enjoyed in separate rooms at the same time."
So what would be a good example of an external amplifier? I would like to make my backyard deck zone 2.
Edit: By the way, does anyone think that the 2-year versus 3-year warranty is really a big deal. It is disappointing that the 1713 only comes with the 2-year warranty.