Originally Posted by alangant
Multi-zone for audio is commonplace, and available in many(most?) receivers about $400 or so.
Most have just 2 zones but this has 3. But is it true the 3rd zone is not very useful if the main is setup as 5.1? Zone 2 gets the remaining 2 channels. Seems like wireless is the way to go these days.
The Yamaha 2600/2700, and similarly-priced Denon units, also provide a 2nd zone for video. It is this capability that drives me to the 2600/2700, not 1600/1700. As a side benefit, the "record out" signals also are driven by the 2nd zone on the Yamahas, so I will be able to use a DVD/CD recorder on a source different than the one I am watching/listening, at the same time!
I do see the zone for video on the back panel, but does this mean you get it in addition to audio zones 2 & 3? What's confusing to me is exactly what multi-zone means and how to make use of them. Say you are watching on the main over 5.1. Can you pump music to zone 2 or 3 or both at the same time? Plus, pass on same/different video program via video zone 2?
My biggest quandary is whether to wait for the 2700 and pay more, or get a 2600 at a closeout discount.
To me, 2700 is worth waiting for several features lacking in 2600: Network-ready, 3 HDMI (V1.2a - newer version) among others.