Originally Posted by chicago66
just to add my comment hear. i just spent hours seeing why zone 2 would not play my apple tv input. i upgraded to this unit to clean up all the component cables ect. the sales rep specifically stated would allow to pass on the apple tv to other zones. i am sure others thought the same considering the amount of similar questions and threads on this.. so the bottom line is.. for us novices....
1. the sc67 or sc68 down converts the digi hdmi signal inputed by the apple tv to an analog singnal that passes on to the amp. and am i correi am using my old yahmaha reciever as the amp to play addition six speakers in three rooms.
2. so if i use the dvd player to play a cd it will have the same issue as the dvd play is input to teh sc61 by an hdmi cable. ?
3.is there an issue with down converting the signal. ?
4. is it worth it to go for the sc67 then.
sorry but you still are a bit confused
no receiver downconverts from HDMI to another type of connection. it just isn't done, period. there are external specialty boxes that can do that from sellers like monoprice, hdtvsupply, etc but not in a receiver. It's part of the copy encryption-handshake protocols and hardcoded into the chips used by receiver mfgs. bottom line - it "ain't" allowed.
once again, if you read manuals, they will clearly tell you this, forget what the sales rep said
if you bought this at Best Buy they don't know crap.
and no, the SC-67/68 does not do it either. in addition to the normal 2 HDMI outputs, those models have a dedicated separate output for a 2nd zone, Pioneer & Denon are calling it Zone 4. it allows the same source to be paralleled to 2 zones or 2 different sources to be used in each zone. it's a simplified matrix switcher. and yes. you connect the zone 4 HDMI out to an HDMI input on your 2nd receiver, set the other receiver to that input and you can get a source from the SC model to the 2nd receiver. and yes, I have tried it and it works as Pioneer advertises
BUT, the limitation will now be on your 2nd receiver - you can't use it as a hub to downconvert the HDMI to analog for a 3rd zone.
and yes, if you really want to do a 2nd zone using HDMI with Apple TV using just a receiver & no external matrix switcher boxes, you'll need to trade-up to a 67 or 68.
please, before you decide to do anything, download the manual for the SC-68/67 and read the multizone parts so you have a clear understanding on what it will do, you should also check the pages on the video converter....the diagram clearly shows that HDMI isn't downconverted.