surfisup1000:lyonrouge: Replaced the HTPC with a Mac mini and removed the VMs as there are just too many and they change all the time. Also got my first 32GB machine.
Similar to my setup, but without the offbeat stuff (as/400 etc).
I've got a couple of popcornhours and apple tv's for media distribution - and itunes integrates into the home audio distribution system via a denon 720ae bridge. It works really well, with the exception of my outside speakers.
My stupid amp doesn't output digital signals to the zone 2 out speakers. Why on earth would they block it like this?
arg! I have the same challenge, I was hoping to overcome this with the mac mini, i.e. headphone for Zone 2 and HDMI for main zone, but the mac mini does not allow swapping of outputs.