Originally Posted by rudolpht
It definitely helps as I already had to add in an external HDMI switcher (now unused while I do gymnastics with the S3 (Brian appreciate the additional info on your setup asked above). Spent a couple hours last night programming remotes to deal with Zone 2 (and making sure to shut it off so the unit doesn't stay on constantly even with Main zone and amp triggered off), but can't complain as at least I have flexibility.
Now I just need to figure out how to use the extra devices and how to switch the combinations remotely.
I'll try to assist, but I am astonished this is not working for you still. So, here goes some things to try:
1. Here are my settings for my Video Output, menu 8:
OSD Format: NTSC
Color Space: HDTV
Data Format: YCbCr 4:2:2
Component 2 Out: Zone 2 ****THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT****
2. Also, make sure that for the Series 3 settings, you have something similar to this:
Scaler Input: HDMI4 (yours may be a different HDMI input of course)
HMDI Repeater: No (very important)
Component Video In: 1 (or whichever yours is)
S-Video In: AUX
Composite Video In: AUX
Audio In: Dig OPT3 (or whichever Optical input you are using)
AutoDig: Yes ***This is quite important as well***
3. Lastly, and this is also very important...
Make sure that your settings under Menu 5 (Source Setup/Presets), make sure that all of the "Copy Main-->Zone2, Copy Main--->Zone 3, and Copy Main---Rec" are all set to "Manual". You can always copy inputs to other zones on an ad hoc basis, but by default, if I understand your needs correctly, you want to be able to have independent zones whereby different sources can be viewed/listened to in the different zones at the same time.
4. Also, you made a comment that raised an eyebrow over here. You said something about "even when the amp has turned itself off automatically after shutting down Zone 1." If you are using an Anthem A5 or P5, then yes, you have the automatic shutdown capability after 10 minutes or so, the amp will go into standby if there is no signal. This is a super cool feature, I'm totally with ya, and I'm glad to hear you are using it. However, you never mentioned having a second amp dedicated to Zone 2. I just wanna make sure that you do indeed have a second amp of some sort powering Zone 2. Each Zone needs its own amp to be useful. This is probably obvious, and you probably already know this, I just wanna make sure. In my case, I use an Anthem A5 for Zone 1, and an Anthem A2 for Zone 2. Zone 3 gets its power off of a 20-watt Computer Amp that is connected to my Mac, so that is a bit of an oddball setup in Zone 3 (I call it Franken-Amp!).
And, as Bob mentioned and as you've now confirmed, make sure the Tivo Series 3 is outputting "Native Mode".
There is no reason that the recipe above should not work with the Series 3. Of course, cabling is a nightmare, as you need both optical audio out and RCA stereo outputs to be connected, you also need HDMI as well as Component, and even SVideo and Composite if you want to independently output to any Zone (including REC zone) that uses SVideo or Composite [in my case, Zone 3 uses Composite, and REC uses SVideo, so I need those as well]. This again is how every source in my setup is configured basically - that is, I am using EVERY possible cable connection between every source and the D2, thereby allowing me to have the fully independent multi-zone, multi-source switching that I require).
I know some of this is repeated from before, but wanted to place everything in 1 comprehensive thread response.
Good luck, let me know how I can help further.