Are you and I the only 2 people on this entire 8802 thread to even miss not having a tape loop out? Since my post yesterday I've done more searching and the only place I even see anyone discussing it is you back on page 363 of this forum. I can't believe nobody does needle drops or other recording anymore. I guess Marantz wasn't so crazy leaving it off, just you and me.
Originally Posted by hawkster27
Yes, Bonzo, not having a record out on this otherwise full-featured pre/pro surprised and frustrated me as well.
Zone Out is the solution, for sure. That's how I got my Tascam CD recorder and Bluetooth transmitter to work. (The built in Bluetooth is receive only.) Zone Out isn't elegant for this purpose, but it does work.
Thank you very much for confirming it works!
So how do you have yours hooked up exactly? Via the Analog RCA Zone 2? If so, which volume do you have the output set to? Back on page 363 you said you were going to start at the zero setting. Did that work? I'd like to use this analog output so everything that starts from analog stays in the analog realm. I want to hook my CD player, Bluray player, and DirecTV box up to the 8802 via 2 channel analog, then use the output to my Pioneer CD-Recorder to make audio CD's of stuff (like audio CD's of concerts etc from DirecTV). Same goes for making future needle drops from a record player, and having more control over the analog input on the Pioneer). I know it's not a tape loop situation, but that's fine. I just want to get the proper level signal from many analog components to one recorder. Another alternative might be to use a splitter with a switch of some sort, but that's even less elegant.
Last night I was reading the manual some more and it appears there might also be a way to use the HDMI Zone 2 outputs for digital signals. It appears you can set the HDMI Zone 2 to output full signal, or just PCM. If I set it to PCM, then in theory a CD-Recorder should be able to handle it. The catch is that my Pioneer only has Toslink and RCA digital inputs. But I'm thinking I could buy an HDMI audio extractor with a Toslink output, and use it that way. That way I could just have my CD player (only has 1 Toslink output) hooked up to the 8802, then have the digital signal go back out through the HDMI Zone 2 to the digital input on the Pioneer. Other alternatives include buying a new CD player that has both a Toslink and RCA digital output (or just not use the player I have and use my universal player instead), but I really like the ergonomics and loading speed of my current old beast. I could also just buy a Toslink splitter and split the signal from the CD player and send one to the Pioneer and one to the 8802. Decisions decisions. But at least it appears I can make it work.
In my opinion, the biggest thing this 8802 is missing is at least one RCA analog tape loop connection (2 would be better), a few more digital inputs, and at least 1 digital Toslink and/or RCA digital output (1 of each would be better). But like I said in the beginning, I guess that's just me. Other people just don't seem to care anymore. Frustrating.