Considering upgrading from my old Pio Elite VSX-01, and in the process integrating a zone 2 in my home. I would like to know what inputs can actually be sent to zone 2 and what are the limitations while zone 1 is running 7.1...
The docs state:
"HDMI 1-3 sources .... Analog, Bluetooth, USB and NET .... You can enjoy 2-ch audio in the separate room (ZONE 2/ZONE 3) while performing playback in the main room (where this unit is located). The same source can
be played back in the main room and ZONE 2/ZONE 3 simultaneously. Also, different sources can be played back in both rooms. For the "NET" or "BLUETOOTH"
input selector, you can select only the same source for the main room and separate room. If you select "NET" in the main room and then select "BLUETOOTH" in the
separate room, the main room setting switches to "BLUETOOTH"."
There is also mention of having to switch inputs from external AV components down to stereo if I want to also send signals to zone 2.
So I guess my question is this, I have a 7.1 system set up, and I also want to set up stereo speakers elsewhere. I do not want an external amp. Can I:
- Run 7.1 in the theater area (let's say using HDMI 1) and run a stereo signal to zone 2 from either HDMI 2/3?
- Run 7.1 in the theater area (let's say using HDMI 1) and duplicate the audio in zone 2 w/o changing the input audio to stereo?
- Run 7.1 in the theater area and send a signal from an analog source (Amazon Echo) to zone 2 simultaneously?
- Run 7.1 in the theater area and send music via chromecast / pandora / bluetooth to zone 2?
Thanks all, I've read and read the manuals a million times and still can't figure out the capabilities...