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  Reply # 1926257 28-Dec-2017 19:03
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Definitely a deal breaker for me. I use zone 2 exclusively on the VSX-1131 quite a lot and was hoping to get the Sony for it's built in chrome cast and voice control from Google home. I will have to resort to plan b and use a Harmony hub instead. Hopefully i can get that to work.

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  Reply # 1926275 28-Dec-2017 20:46
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Dunnersfella:
At the price you're looking to spend, the only semi-reasonable solution I could recommend would be a Chromecast audio to allow you to cast into Zone 2 where applicable.


That is exactly what I do, as a lot of zone twos use analogue inputs only outside of the radio.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1926358 28-Dec-2017 21:44
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The industry-wide trend for AVR's and multi-room is basically from Yamaha and Denon/Marantz.

 

Yamaha = Use a single zone (5.1 / 7.1 / 7.2.4 or whatever) and then add a WXA50 for Zone 2, a WXA50 for Zone 3 WXA50 for Zone 7... or however many you need.

 

Marantz / Denon = Use a single zone (5.1 / 7.1 / 7.2.4 or whatever) and then add a Heos Amp for Zone 2, a Heos Amp for Zone 3 Heos Amp for Zone 7... or however many you need.

 

 

 

That way the multi-room software (MusicCast or Heos) can link all inputs (HDMI / optical / RCA / coax etc) to the zones AND there's autonomous network connectivity for the other zones. Others will use multi-channel power amps and WXAX10's / WXC50's or Heos Link as pre-amplifiers / network streamers... it depends on the budget, speaker power requirements etc.

 

 


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  Reply # 1926359 28-Dec-2017 21:44
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I was so close to buying that Sony several times over the last few days, but reasonably priced (genuine) 4K projectors still look years away so there's no point... I do need an amp with multiple HDMI outputs (TV&projector) so they aren't often cheap...

 

Of course I'd need a new Media PC as well capable of 4K, so the $700 amp might turn into $700 for the amp and $700 for a new PC, $2k for a UHD TV and $10k for a 4k projector. All of a sudden I can't justify the $700 for the new amp :-)

 

Cheers - N

 

 




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  Reply # 1926389 28-Dec-2017 23:04
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Haha I can cause my 10 year old amp blew up


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  Reply # 1926935 30-Dec-2017 12:22
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Does the Sony have an auto mic calibration?

Another really important requirement for my nasty in wall speakers.



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  Reply # 1926948 30-Dec-2017 13:25
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Yes it does. Got the thing within 24 hrs. All set up and everything goes really well (5.0, and in transformers 2, my room rocks, give it a few years and my speakers will kill this amp too haha). Interestingly my blown old Denon 789 (mid/low end) is noticably about 1-2kgs heavier. Probably doesn't mean much, maybe the cooling lead block.


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  Reply # 1926950 30-Dec-2017 13:30
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Cool. Thanks for the feedback.

Agree, new gear seems a lot lighter than before.
Lighter power supply transformer/newer cooler transistors/thinner gauge casing metal?



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  Reply # 1926955 30-Dec-2017 13:42
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Jaxson: Cool. Thanks for the feedback.

Agree, new gear seems a lot lighter than before.
Lighter power supply transformer/newer cooler transistors/thinner gauge casing metal?

 

Yeah probably not made to last as long. Having said that, i don't consider my denon to have lasted too long, i only use it once a month! My plasma tv however, just wouldn't die!


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  Reply # 1926957 30-Dec-2017 13:46
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Yes it does. Got the thing within 24 hrs. All set up and everything goes really well (5.0, and in transformers 2, my room rocks, give it a few years and my speakers will kill this amp too haha). Interestingly my blown old Denon 789 (mid/low end) is noticably about 1-2kgs heavier. Probably doesn't mean much, maybe the cooling lead block.



Can you confirm that streaming to zone 2 from Spotify or airplay will activate the same thing on main zone as well?



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  Reply # 1926986 30-Dec-2017 13:54
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i don't have zone 2, can i do that without connecting any speakers?


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  Reply # 1927004 30-Dec-2017 14:34
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I doubt the Spotify app will show zone 2 as a separate device from zone 1, so I’d expect nearly all devices to switch over to Spotify when selected on the Spotify app.

Will be interested to see how it behaves / hear how you are sending it to zone 2 etc



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  Reply # 1927014 30-Dec-2017 14:56
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I don't have spotify

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  Reply # 1927032 30-Dec-2017 15:58
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It won't do it I'm afraid - an Airplay Express or Chromecast Audio plugged into an RCA input would be your best bet.




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  Reply # 1927106 30-Dec-2017 19:37
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watched snippets of all my favourite shows, pretty amazing sound, painless set up. used the auto calibration, turned off up-sampling, turned on "engineer mode", turned on dynamic volume processing (?called sound processing or something).

 

played all the youtube i could

 

- there is a ??bug or I can't seem to figure out - TV sending sound via HDMI, plugged into HDMI "arc", but no sound on the amp, I'm sure I'll figure it out later.

 

it runs a bit warm.

 

the only thing I wished it did was play video files lol


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