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I am trying to find a receiver with 2 room capability.  The big thing that I am looking for is the ability to play a 5.1 video source in zone 1 and, at the same time, play music in zone 2 through airplay or internet radio.  Many of the receivers out there seem to support playing only analog sources in zone 2 or the same source that is playing in zone 1.  Playing the same source in both isn't bad but I need the flexibility to play airplay in zone 2 while a movie is playing in zone 1.  Any thoughts?

post #2 of 11
Denon and Marantz 7.1 networking players can play Airplay and internet radio to Zone 2 independently from Zone 1. Just depends on your budget and what other features you want as to what model would be best suited for you.
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Budget is a factor...other than the multi room purpose, it seems like most everything out there would be sufficient for our needs.  I looked at the Denon AVR-X2000 but I was little unsure if it has this capability.  $500-$700 would probably be the price range I am looking at.  I have not looked at Marantz yet.  If there is anything in my price range you could recommend, it would be most appreciated.

post #4 of 11
The X2000 would be a good candidate.
post #5 of 11
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Thank you for your input, I really appreciate it!

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Originally Posted by DuRom46 View Post

I am trying to find a receiver with 2 room capability.  The big thing that I am looking for is the ability to play a 5.1 video source in zone 1 and, at the same time, play music in zone 2 through airplay or internet radio.  Many of the receivers out there seem to support playing only analog sources in zone 2 or the same source that is playing in zone 1.  Playing the same source in both isn't bad but I need the flexibility to play airplay in zone 2 while a movie is playing in zone 1.  Any thoughts?

Hi DuRom,

I discovered that there is a lot of misunderstanding over the Zone 2 playing "only analog sources".

My documentation (Onkyo) says the same thing. What this really means is that the source of the sound cannot arrive at the receiver via and HDMI or Optical cable.

I just hooked up a Zone 2 last weekend. In Zone 2 I CAN play Pandora, stream music from another PC on our network (DNLA), and play music from an iPad. It's all digital and sounds great.

I cannot hear anything from the TV (HDMI) or BluRay (HDMI) sources in Zone 2.

By the way, Onkyo has a neat iPad/Phone/Pod app that allows you to remote control Zone 2 and 3 over wifi.


Hope this is helpful.
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Thread Starter 

It is very helpful, thanks.  This is my first adventure in the a/v receiver world (switching from an all in one system).  I bought a Pioneer VSX-43 because it was on sale and had the multi room capability.  Everything works great except the zone 2 problem.  I tried everything I could and confirmed with their support that you can only play the tuner or any of the analog ins (cd, dvd, etc.) in zone 2 (the network stuff doesn't show up as an option).  The Pioneer is going back today and I want to make sure I have my ducks in a row before bringing something else home.

 

What model Onkyo do you have?

post #8 of 11
Hi DuRom,

I have an Onkyo TX-TR818. I think the new model that replaced it is a TX-NR828. I was able to get it pretty cheap last year on a Black Friday deal.

I just got the multi-zone stuff figured out and installed last weekend. I wrote-up some notes and posted it here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1502974/zone-2-setup

Before buying the equipment for Zone 2, I did some testing. I hooked the receiver's Zone 2 outputs up to the Aux inputs on a Bose Wave radio. I could test the receiver, the app, and the functionality before plunking down any cash.

Good Luck!
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have just one more question JDSMOOTHIE.  I think I'm going with a Denon.  I was shopping around and came across the E400.  Will this do what I need?  Is it worth the extra price bump to go to the X2000?  I see the E400 for $499 and the X2000 I see for $599.

 

Thanks

post #10 of 11
The E400 and X2000 can both do what you require. The benefit of the X2000 is it comes with an extra year of warranty, has the next higher version of Audyssey MultEQ XT, and also has a set of Zone 2 pre-outs in case you want to go to 7.1 in the main zone whereas the E400 can only do either 5.1/Zone 2 or 7.1.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
The x2000 seems like it's worth the extra cash. Thank you very much for answering my questions. I have nothing but big box stores around me and they are worthless when it comes to information or even just being able to play with demo systems.

Thanks!!
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