Originally Posted by funs
Having an issue with my Denon 3500h and hoping for some guidance
Zone 1 - HDMI Arc out to Family room TV with 5.1
Zone 2 - HDMI Zone 2 out to Patio TV with Left/Right speakers
Zone 1 is working fine. Zone 2 speakers are connected to surround back left/right speaker terminals. I checked and the amp assign mode is set to Zone 2 however I do not get an audio signal from the selected source to output to my Zone 2 speakers. Video from the source to my Zone 2 TV is fine.
I have the Denon IOS app installed and from what I can tell the Zone 2 sound mode defaults to whatever sound mode is selected for Zone 1. How do I get Zone 2 to recognize the speakers connected to surround back terminals? I do not see an option to change the sound mode from within the app or from going into settings.
You seem to have the correct Zone 2 Amp Assign settings, but to be complete:
Instructions for using the Surround Back speaker binding posts (i.e. choosing the appropriate Amp Assign selection) to drive Zone 2 speakers start on page 141 of the AVR-X3500H owner's manual, which can be downloaded from http://manuals.denon.com/avrx3500h/na/en
. See also page 192. (Read page 191 first.)
Zone 2 can handle only a stereo (2.0) signal. If it is sent a 5.1 signal, the Zone 2 speakers will be silent. I suspect this is what you are experiencing.
If you want Zone 2 to be sent the same audio as is being sent to the Main Zone (i.e. if the same receiver input signal is selected for both), then the Main Zone audio also must/will be 2.0.
There are several alternative ways to ensure that Zone 2 receives 2.0 audio when the same audio is being sent to the Main Zone:
1. select a receiver input which is naturally 2.0 (e.g. one of its analog inputs)
2. select stereo (pcm) audio output in the source device (e.g. in the TV).
3. select "All Zone Stereo" in the receiver. (See page 114 of the owner's manual.)
4. select the "HDMI Audio" setting "PCM". (See page 215.)
If the Main Zone and Zone 2 input selections are not the same, then you can listen to 5.1 in the Main Zone and 2.0 in Zone 2.
If you select Airplay input for Zone 2, it will hijack the Main Zone, too, but you can then reselect the correct input for the Main Zone while Airplay continues to use Zone 2.