Originally Posted by cannonbill
@ss9001 thanks for the clarification on the manual I searched through the manual for a number of fine points during set-up, it is quite thorough, some of these finer points are hard to find, and sometimes they are hard to interpret. And thanks for your thoughts on getting HDMI to other zones.
For clarification, "the pioneer page" I was referring to was this one on the Pioneer website (Installation section):
To your point, I do agree that when I read the pioneer web page, I read what I wanted to hear.
This said, this detail should not be left up to us to interpret (I think we should all agree on this). The Pioneer website on the Sc-61 does give the impression that Zone 2 will support a long list of inputs. IF
HDMI as a source is not supported in Zone 2 (or digital for that matter), all they need to do is include this detail in the "Zone 2 Sources" cell (ie if HDMI is not supported, it should say it clearly). This is not a product issue at all, more a communication/clarity issue with their product sheet.
And now, if anyone is considering this amp, and curious about this feature, they can either come to this forum for the direct answer.
From my point of view:
- The pluses: It is a nice amp, easy to live with, it doesnt get hot, it has HDMI pass through so you can use your accessories with out having to turn on the amp
- The minuses: Would be nice if the wifi router was built in (a $29 part that could easily be included) and you cannot do HDMI or digital audio to Zone 2 or 3
Thanks all for your help!
PS - if you experience the bypass issue I had, (1) check your Input settings (2) power it down/unplug it and wait a few seconds, plug it in and try it again. My bypass issue resolved after this.
Gah!! I have read that damn manual 40 times, and yes I was looking at the zone 2 config to output to just two stereo speakers. I also misunderstood this and I think it's a weeeee bit sneaky on the part of the pioneer documentation especially when buying this receiver in a box store as I did.
I purchased the sc-1227-k from futureshop which is supposed to be the equivalent to the sc-63. I specifically asked the sales rep if I could play two separate sources on two separate zones with this amp. I was told no problem, but the zone 2 would only play the auto for the second zone and the 3rd zone would require another receiver to play 5.1 in that zone. So I happily skipped out of the store with my new receiver. I was also told to play separate video in 2 zones I would need to upgrade to the 1527-k which has the second hdmi out but I just want to play music in my other zones.
So now what? I seen the post about the switch but honestly I'm not up to speed on it yet. Hell, if I get this figured out I will create my first and only youtube video on how to set this thing up and not be fooled by the fine print.
Heres what I have set up.
- receiver connected to my home network with Ethernet connection
- Cable box hdmi in to receiver
- Xbox into receiver
- hdmi to tv
- surround back stereo outputs to zone 2 speakers
- 5.1 speaker setup for main
What I want
- normal 5.1 features to be used with main (ie, tv, xbox, music, etc.)
- Zone 2 to play internet radio, music from pc (don't need 5.1)
- Zone 3 to play same (2 speaker stereo)
Can I do what I want with an external switch or 2nd receiver?
I would greatly appreciate any help clarifying this, as I'm sure others are looking for the same thing.