This is a great all-around thread on the newer AVRs, and I've been looking at it as perhaps a newer AVR is in the cards. I do have one "2-ZONE
" question for the experts lol...
- Some AVRs offer more than one HDMI output. With two HDMI outputs, you can feed a projector for nighttime viewing and a flat-panel TV in the same room for daytime viewing. Alternatively, you can send the second HDMI output to a TV in another room, though this will probably require a fiber-optic or coax HDMI cable for such a long run.
OK, I see more and more AVRs with 2-HDMI outputs. I have a 65" in the Family Room and a 40" in the kitchen. Currently I have cobbled up a HDMI-Powered splitter taking signal from my DirecTV receiver, with HDMI #1
OUT to the Kitchen TV, and HDMI #2
OUT feeds into the AVR-HDMI-IN #1
. Sounds confusing but it works... I can put DirecTV programs on in either the kitchen or family room (or both) with a beautiful picture (I used very heavy HDMI wire) and of course its the same program. This 2-Zone OUT option on some AVRs like Denons and Marantz has me wondering? Can I actually send two different signals to the two TVs? IOW, if I want to feed Comcast HD cable into Zone #1
(Kitchen) and DierecTV into Zone #2
(Family Room) simultaneously... will that work??? So when the grandkids come over and want to watch an HBO movie in the Family Room, and maybe I want to watch ESPN or the CNN News in the kitchen... can I do that? The Kitchen TV is using its own built-in speakers, the Family room has a bunch of speakers.
I'm just looking for the simple, straightforward approach... I have the wires already in the walls with enough slack to connect. If I have to run separate speakers in the kitchen with speaker wires from the AVR to the kitchen... I won't bother. The language used in describing 2-Zone HDMI seems a bit vague, or maybe too technical? Thanks for the help!