Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
Nope. As noted in the Owner's manual (p. 232) …
Interesting, since the spec sheet shows this under zone 2: Zone Audio Source: HDMI / Opt, Coax /Network, USB / Analog: • (2CH) / • (2 CH) / • / •
I think I found the distinction. The manual says: "You can simultaneously play back the same source in both the MAIN ZONE and ZONE2. You can also play back separate sources in the MAIN ZONE and ZONE2.
If the input for ZONE2 is set to “Source”, both digital and analog connected devices can be listened to from ZONE2
If the input for ZONE2 is set to a specific source (like CBL/SAT), only connected analog devices can be listened to from ZONE2."
It then states that "Setting the input source of ZONE2 as the “Source” allows you to play the same content in MAIN ZONE and in ZONE2, regardless of the type of input signal
." If I'm reading all of that correctly then, I could play 2.0 out through Zone 2 from an HDMI source as long as that source is playing in Zone 1. Correct?
That must be the only way to get 7.1 + 2.0 on the 6014 as well then. The 6014's manual states that "In ZONE2, the audio can be played back when signals input from digital connectors (OPTICAL/COAXIAL) are in 2ch PCM format.
In ZONE2, the audio can be played back when signals input from the HDMI connector are in 2ch PCM format. To play back the audio in ZONE2 irrespective of the input signal format, set “HDMI Audio” in the menu to “PCM”. Depending on the played back device, the audio may not be played back even with this setting. In that case, set the audio format to “PCM (2ch)” on the played back device."
If I set my HDMI device to 2ch PCM for playback in Zone 2, then I couldn't have 7.1 in Zone 1, right? So really, if your inputs are set to pass the full audio stream, then the 6014 can't send HDMI to Zone 2 independent of Zone 1 either, correct?
...Sorry to hammer on this point, but given how I want to use the receiver, this is a major point for me and will determine which receiver I purchase. Thanks.