Originally Posted by isomdh
I went over the manual too and was curious to know if anyone studied this receiver's multi-zone capability.
Based on my reading, in addition to the main zone, you can send stereo signal out to two more zones using the unit's internal amplifiers. The manual suggests by using the unit's internal amplifiers, you do not need a separate amplifier in zone 2 or 3. Please read around pages 130 to 131.
Some people are skeptical when I told them of this multi-zone capability. Anyone familiar with this feature? Thanks.
Yes, you can do 3 zones without the need for any external amplification. For example, if you have a 7.1 setup in the main zone, you will drop down to 3.1 when zone2 and zone3 are active. The upside compared to previous Yamaha models and other manufacturers is that as you turn off the additional zones, the chanels are automatically added back to the main zone. In the past, you would have to go into the menu and re-assign the amps back to zone1. Nice feature if you ask me.
Just as an FYI:New features on the RXV2700 not found on the RXV2600:
XM HD Surround Sound
ABT (Anchor Bay Technologies' ABT1010 scaler engine)
Compressed Music Enhancer
Network Receiver (LAN Terminal RJ-45 streams music from up to 4 PCs [MP3, WMA and WAV] as well as internet radio)
Made for iPod (1 cable from YDS10 dock to 2700--photos/video supported)
Neural Surround (for XM HD)
3 HDMI (1.2a 1080p supported)
Front USB (for flash memory drives)
140W X 7 vs. 130W X 7