Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
The D2 has only one HDMI output.
You can use the Main or the Zone2 Component video outputs to drive a second screen. The Main output shows what the HDMI output shows (but see below for a gotcha!).
The Zone2 Component output can be set to 1 of 3 uses:
1) Duplicate the Main Component output (i.e., processed output of the Main path's selected video input).
2) Show an UNprocessed version of the Main path's selected video input -- this is just a pass through of the input to the output.
3) Show an UNprocessed version of a different video input selected for the Zone2 path while the Main output(s) continue to show the Main path's selected video input (processed).
The gotcha is that if the source is an HDMI device playing copy protected content, then the Component outputs are disabled. I haven't played with this enough to see if you can get Zone2 Component out by setting it to the third mode above even though the Main input is protected HDMI. It is also the case that most HDMI source devices will automatically turn Component output off and on depending upon whether the HDMI display is on or off respectively. This might be a way to go if you need only one of the two displays active at any given time.
This strikes me as being a pretty serious gotcha for folks trying to run two displays off the D2, however I suspect that I haven't really understood how to best use the input configuration options to work around this.
It would be useful to get some sample configurations posted here from folks here who have found multi-display configuration solutions.
Bob, for what it's worth, I am using the D2's HDMI out for my Main zone, powering a Sony Qualia HDTV, and I use the Zone2 Component out for my second zone, in other words option #3 in your list, to power my Sharp Aquos in the master bedroom. There is no problem at all with displaying protected content in the second zone over Component, while it plays the same content over HDMI in the Main zone. In fact, we do that all the time. And of course, the wonderful thing is that my better half can go watch Gilmore Girls in the master bedroom (broadcast and passed to the bedroom in "unprocessed" native 1080i from the Series 3 Tivo), while I play XBox 360 in HD in the Main Zone on the Qualia. Ahh yes, domestic harmony!
By the way, one of the BEST things about the Tivo Series 3 is that every video output is active simultaneously, unlike the old HR10-250 Tivo from DirecTV. So, the HDMI output and the Component outputs are active simultaneously (as is SVideo and Composite), which is critical for all the "many to many" combinations of switching that the D2 gives me in each of the 3 zones + Record zone.
I know this is probably obvious to all, but I still can't get over the fact that just several years ago, having the ability to control a total of 4 zones from one central "brain" like the D2, with fully independent many to many switching in each zone of the house, would have been a monumental task. A guy in my shoes would have had to buy separate systems for each room, pouring money into amps/pre-amps, multiple duplicate source components, etc. That's all ancient history now - I have a vast set of source components, and they are all centrally situated in the Main Zone, all connected to the D2, but with totally independent control from anywhere in the house to any zone. God I love technology.
I hope you are all getting as much joy out of the D2 as I am. This thing has saved me money when you really look at it, and for a fairly pricey component, that says alot.