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Mid-grade receiver that allows digital source on zone 2?

post #1 of 13
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The titles says it all, I need a receiver that will let me play my digital cable music outside (zone 2). I currently have an onkyo 709 and the lack the ability to do so. It would be a bonus if my new receivers' 12v trigger wasnt proprietary aswell. Thanks!
post #2 of 13
Virtually every AVR on the market today cannot play digital audio from an external source to Zone 2. You may want to consider simply connecting a set of RCA analog cables from the cable box to the AVR for Zone 2 audio.
post #3 of 13
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I see, so, hook it up with rca's and hdmi? I'll have digital source inside and analog outside (zone 2). Or am I dreaming?
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Badblue6 View Post

The titles says it all, I need a receiver that will let me play my digital cable music outside (zone 2). I currently have an onkyo 709 and the lack the ability to do so. It would be a bonus if my new receivers' 12v trigger wasnt proprietary aswell. Thanks!

Virtually all source components with a Digital Out (S/PDIF or HDMI) also include an L/R analog audio output, just run a separate pair of RCA cables..

Just my $0.02... wink.gif
post #5 of 13
If you want the music in all zones Yamaha has a party mode that will do that. If you want something different playing in each zone then run a separate pair of RCA cables as M Code suggests.
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Virtually all source components with a Digital Out (S/PDIF or HDMI) also include an L/R analog audio output, just run a separate pair of RCA cables..

Just my $0.02... wink.gif

But wouldnt these cable boxes or almost any other source be able to output only one (hdmi or rca) at a time ? I dont think my cable box other than ps3 can output both simultaneously.
post #7 of 13
Most cable boxes will let you output everything simultaneously. When I had cable I could output audio via HDMI, analog, optical and digital coax at the same time as well as HDMI video, component video and composite video.

My sat box allows the same thing.

Give the analog audio a try, I 'm pretty confident it will work.
post #8 of 13
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Virtually all source components with a Digital Out (S/PDIF or HDMI) also include an L/R analog audio output, just run a separate pair of RCA cables..

Actually, virtually all 2013 BD players have no analog output of any sort, either video or audio.
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Originally Posted by M Code View Post

Virtually all source components with a Digital Out (S/PDIF or HDMI) also include an L/R analog audio output, just run a separate pair of RCA cables..

Actually, virtually all 2013 BD players have no analog output of any sort, either video or audio.

Confirmed and good to know.
post #10 of 13
Pioneer BDP-150 is 2012 model. 2013 model is called BDP-160 which probably is not out yet. Same goes for Panasonic. BDT500 is a 2012 model. There is no 2013 model announced for this high end model yet. I'd re-examine your entire list to make sure you list the models correctly for those new released in 2013, not carried over from 2012. And where is Samsung in the list?
Edited by Foxbat121 - 7/2/13 at 5:08am
post #11 of 13
Revised list (as of 2 July 2013):

Sony 0/3
Samsung 1/3
LG 0/3
Panasonic 0/4
Pioneer (BDP-160) 1/1
Oppo 1/1
CA 1/1
Arcam 1/1
Ayre (DSD) 1/1
Total 6/18
post #12 of 13
I use a cheap 5.1 Digital-to-Analog Converter to run audio from my Apple TV 3 to the Zone 2 of my R-972. Works remarkably well and it's the cheapest 5.1 capable downconverter I have found.

There is a Gefen version, for more than double the price, seems to use pretty much the same internals (but it's on the up and up and it pays licensing fees to Dolby, as evidenced by the logo).

If you are not using a 5.1 source, you can look at something like a simple FiiO D3 converter.

Do pay attention to the 2-channel-PCM or multichannel DTS/DD distinction, as from something like the FiiO you'll just get silence from multichannel media feeds.
Edited by Ryan1 - 7/3/13 at 6:49pm
post #13 of 13
You could buy something like used Anthem AVM-20 pre/pro. You give up HDMI and the (relatively) newer built-in lossless stuff and Room EQ, but it has multichannel analog inputs to which bass management can be applied if your sources have mch analog out and passes digital input to all zones. These are probably $300-$400 these days on A-Gon..
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