I cannot get Zone 2 to work completely . It will send the CD signal but not DBS or DVD. Is this because Zone 2 is analog only? Can I fix this by running RCA analog cables from the DBS receiver to the 4306? Will the receiver find the analog signal and send it to the external amp via Zone 2?
Yes and no. You can get some digital signals to go to zones 2 & 3 but only PCM ones, Analogue always goes. I have a Denon DVD player connected to my 4306 with a denonlink cable. I had to connect RCA Analogue cables to the DVD input to get the sound to come out on Zone 2.
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First this solution will be fraught with potential problems:
1. There is no simple monitor outputs and inputs on the NR535.
2. The NR535 analog inputs/outputs are unbalanced, where the Behringer EQ is completely balanced (TRS or XLR)
3. Insertion of the EQ is analogous with inserting an effects device in an audio loop which in the case of analog surround will cause de-correlation or the companding sidechain making for non-compliance/performance issues.
OK, now the solution can be as follows:
Since the NR535 has a Zone 2 channel, you can use these L/R RCA outputs to make an effects loop. To do this you will need to make or buy RCA to TRS (1/4" phone Tip Ring Sleeve jacks) that you will connect from the Zone 2 outputs to the CH1 and CH2 inputs of the EQ. You will need another pair of the RCA to TPS to connect the output of the EQ back to one of the RCA analog inputs on the back of the Receiver.
Now once this is done, you will be able to Map Zone 2 input to any of the inputs other than the one you are using for the output of the EQ. Let's say you have mapped Zone 1 to your gaming station. This will patch the audio from your gaming station into the EQ and back into your previously connected analog input. At this point, you can leave Zone 2 and select your analog input which is your EQ output, which is your Gaming station. If you don't have any output, you may need to go back into the Zone 2 setup and adjust the volume level.
When you don't want the EQ in the signal chain, just select the input source other than the input used for the EQ's Zone 2 output.
I am not sure if this will work for all situations as you may have technical conflicts between analog and digital audio on some inputs. In any case, this will work with analog signals and I don't see any other simple solution for your case.
Two inputs on this receiver (DBS and DVD) can be either optical or analog... (e.g. RCA type stereo connectors) Use the Analog/Digital button on the remote to set the proper input type for the desired input.
To get audio with this set up also hooked up analog audio RCA cables for the audio for each piece of equipment for 2 channel out put. Zone 2 will not out put a digital signal and this receiver will not down convert a audio signals to analog if using digital audio hook-ups.
"Connect the source component to the analog audio input jacks of this unit to play back the source in Zone 2 or Zone 3. This unit does not output the audio signals input at the DIGITAL INPUT and HDMI jacks to the ZONE OUT jacks."
Basically you cannot use an HDMI input if you want to play in Zone 2 or 3. A simple solution is to add an extra audio cable from your PS3 audio output jack to an analog audio input jack on the receiver.
If the Cd is wired digitally, it will only play through the main zone, because the Denon cannot convert down to RCA to cater for the zone 2. If you plug RCAs from Cd to Denon, Main zone will STILL play from digital, and RCA connection will allow zone 2 to play Cd from RCA input....same with dvd, Satellite Blah blah... no stress, any nasty RCA will do if you want to try before you splash out on really costly cables...perhaps you can help me...want to run AVR 2105 with 2 speakers in zone 2, manual says cant do it - only ably to surround back or biamp...dont want either, dont have stereo yet to try it out...did you have any trouble with that?
OK, From what I am understanding is that you both are trying to uilize a digital audio source (HDMI cables are digital audio only) and hence this is the problem. You can only use an analog audio source (connection) to utilize the audio output to zone 2. A simple soultion is to use the analog audio in conjuction with the digital. Connect the digital (HDMI, Optical, Coax) to the main zone and the left and right audios to zone 2.
I called and spoke with Yamaha support staff (Chuck) who was very helpful. I was able to get my issue resolved hopefully this works for you too.
Couple of solutions:
1) Go into the Menu setting (Manual SetUp/Speaker Set) and make sure that you do not have Presence Speakers or Suround Back Speakers
2) Also in the Menu settings (Manual SetUp/Options/Multi Zone Settings) make sure that your Zone 2 Amplifier is set to "Int" (assuming you are not using external amp
3) Zone 2 can only accept an analog signal (not digital)... so there are two steps to this one. First, make sure that you either run only analog, or if you run digital and analog then you need to select "Analog Input" on the front of the unit. If yours was working earlier, my guess is that your input settings got switched to digital (or auto) You need to have analog set up for each specific external source (DVD, Cable/DTS, etc)....
4) This model receiver will only let you control Zone 2 with the remote control. You can power it on the receiver unit. But to select your source you have to press the Amp button, then the ** button. Then you control Zone 2 and you can toggle sources and adjust volume. (Check your owners manual for programing remote for zone 2.. think I pressed the "code" button and then 2999.)
Hope this helps... it worked for me If not call Yamaha they were very helpful.
The zone 2 will only play analog sources - so you must hook up the output from the tv/cable/dss on it's analog (RCA Jacks) into an input on the Onkyo. You might also have to enable this output from you tv/cable/dss.