Originally Posted by sap777
Hello Alan and thank you for the time taken to reply.
You are very welcome!
For the first question: I'm considering 2 scenarios because some members of my family find annoying the 5.1 sound for mostly voice shows but will tolerate it every now and then when it comes to watching movies.
This is venturing into "personal preference", but I would much prefer "regular" TV over 5.1 than 2.0. Without a center channel, content that is mostly voice will not image correctly unless you are seated directly between the FL/FR speakers.
For Zone 2 I understand the my ignorance is the problem, this is supposed to accept only analog sound but...today I also tried to output using RCA(A/V input) + stereo jack the sound from my phone and the result was the same, no sound. My TV also has analog outputs so this still seems feasible for me. What conclusion should I draw from this last test?
Did you set the Powered Zone 2 setting to “Act”? See page 80 of the manual.
My 5.1 speakers belong to a DVD/home-cinema system and all of them have the same connection type and no other connection capability, the sub is just like any other speaker only bigger and with a different sound...as I said I have a simple target and reusing a decent 5.1 kit is part of that.
These sort of systems are know as a Home Theater In a Box and typically the subwoofers are passive (i.e. they need an amplifier to function). If you didn't need to use Zone 2 for your "alternate listening setup" you could use it for the subwoofer, although far from ideal since there will be no crossover in place.
Will attaching an RCA jack to the sub wire make things any better? The purple RCA sub socket seem to be used for something else...
No, and RCA plug will not help you.
The volume range seemed to be smaller, the biggest number seen is in the 70s followed by "MAX" being displayed. However, even in the hypothesis of what you describe that's quite strange and unexpected: I would expect a great volume control but I have total silence between 0 - 30(and that's almost half the scale)...
The manual for your AVR specifies 99 as the upper limit, not sure what to tell you there.
What about the volume control makes you describe it as "not great"? This is completely acceptable and expected behavior. As long as you can turn it up loud enough for it to be "too loud", there is no issue.
Have you ran Audyssey? If you have not, and you got the AVR used, I highly recommend a factory reset (page 87 of the manual).