Just figured out how to make good use out of the reomte's "my activities" macros feature. Wanted to share as others who are running a 9.1 setup and also want to have Zone 2 or 3 may find this useful. As you probably know by know you can't turn on the Powered Zone 2 option, if you have the pre-out to external amplifier option set to anything other than "none". This means that if you have a powered zone 2 speakers connected to the "front wide/zone 2" speaker terminals that everytime you want to enable zone 2 you have to go into the speaker configuration menu and manually switch these settings around and it is quite a cumbersome process. Well using the my activities button you can program a macro to go in and enable powered zone 2, then turn on the powered zone 2, and then to select which source you want to listen to all with a single button press. Then just create another macro to go back in and reset the speaker settings to re-enable pre-out to external amplifier and disable zone 2, and turn zone 2 off once your finished.
Now your macro is going to be context sensitive in the sense that whenever you open the set-up menu the cursor stays on the last menu opened. So its best to program the macro to turn zone 2 on from the power on state. Meaning the cursor is on the far left icon in the first menu, and on the top icon in each succeeding menu. And then when you create the next macro for disabling the zone 2, and to re-enable exteranl amplifier pre-out, do it from where the last macro left off. (the first button presses in the macro should be home, enter, enter, enter....)
For example here is my macro for enabling powered Zone 2, and for going ahead and turning zone 2 on, and setting it to the Net source.:
Home, left, left, enter, down, enter, enter, down, down, right, return, return, return, return, zone 2, power, net, receiver
Then to turn zone 2 off and re-enable pre-out to external amplifier for front wide speakers:
Home, enter, enter, enter, down, down, right, down, right, right, right, return, return, return, return, zone 2, power, receiver
I suggest letting your external amplifier handle the front wide channels as this will free up the zone 2 terminals, and you cant enable powered zone 3 unless you have powered zone 2 enabled.