So, I just picked up an NR1010 to replace a 9 year old NAD 762 (that died).
I was very happy at first, it sounded great on first listen and did a fine job of driving
my speakers. I have a very minimal 2-zone system with 5.1 in the main room and
standard stereo in a second room. So I started hooking up zone two and that's when
the trouble started. Even my 10 year old NAD managed two zones better than this
thing. First off, the documentation is terrible. Rather than laying out the "rules" that
explain what the receiver can and can't do, page 86 of the manual is a list of specific
cases... "If Zone 2 and the main room share the same input source, only an
analog input signal is output." These notes also lack enough information to be worth
much. For example, in the above, "an analog input signal is output" to what? Pre-out,
internal amp? what?
So, the main nasty thing I've noticed is that even if you connect analog R/L for all
sources, the receiver can't use them in lieu of the digital source for the zone outputs.
The 10 year old NAD could manage to do this, so you always had something on the
zone for audio. The NAD could also manage a multi-channel mix-down for the
zone instead of reverting the main room to "stereo." Ok, that last one really blew
me away. If I'm watching True-HD in the main room and I turn on zone 2 and select
that source the main zone reverts to stereo... even if an analog stereo signal is
connected and available for the zone to use. The documentation is also incomplete.
"While Zone 2/3 is on, functions will not work." What functions will not work?
It is left blank... :-) ???
The other thing... why on earth are the zone 2 3 pre-outs only fixed volume?
I played around with the zone 2 HDMI, which is indeed nifty (and was the main
reason I bought this unit). So I will give them points for that.
There is a small blurb in the documentation that leads me to think that zone 3 uses
only analog sources. It may do what I want for a music only zone, however, I only
have an amp. to attach so I can't really test.
Maybe some of this can be addressed in a software update?
I hope someone can comment who knows what the real physical limits of the
device really are.