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Zone 2 Can't Handle a Digital Input ? ! ? ! ?

Finally got around to hooking up (outdoor) speakers to Zone 2 on my Onkyo SR604 Receiver the other night and found there was no output for sources other than the Tuner. I found nothing in the Owners Manual that would have led me to believe that Zone 2 can only handle Analog inputs. Both my CD/DVD Player and my Satelite Box (through which I get XM Radio) are hooked to the Receiver via HDMI cables.

What options do I have to get XM or CD music on the outside speakers?

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  • T G OnkyoQ Apr 20, 2008

    I have the same issue with an Onkyo TX-SR601. Page 60 of the manual has a statement in the Notes section:
    "The ZONE 2 terminal is an analog output. Digital signals are
    not output. If no sound is heard from the selected input source,
    check if the component is connected to the analog inputs."

    I currently use optical cables for the digital signal from HD DVR and DVD . Can I run a set of RCA jumper cables also from those two sources so I can get analog to Zone2, or will the receiver only accept either the Digital OR the Analog signal?

    If the latter, can I run RCA jumper cables from the HD DVR and the DVD to different input sources on the receiver (for example, HD DVR into L/R analog inputs for Video 1 and DVD into L/R inputs for CD)?

  • JHackett75 May 06, 2008


    I did solve my problem by adding RCA cables from my Satelite Box and from my CD/DVD player to the Onkyo AV Receiver, and plugging them into different audio inputs. So that it looks like this:

    Sattelite Box --> Receiver [Video 1] HDMI cable: used for Zone 1 enjoyment of TV and Sattelite Radio

    Sattelite Box --> Receiver [Video 2] RCA cables: used for Zone 2 enjoyment of Sattelite Radio

    DVD/CD Player --> Receiver [DVD] HDMI cable: used for Zone 1 enjoyment of DVDs and CDs

    DVD/CD Player --> Receiver [CD] RCA cables: used for Zone 2 enjoyment of CDs

  • falcon86 Dec 21, 2008

    I'm having the same problem. Very frustrating. This industry takes 2 steps back for every step forward. My old Pioneer was able to send digital input to Zone 2. But now with HDMI inputs everything has changed? Ridiculous.

    The solutions offered here won't work with a PS3 since that analog output must be switched in the sound menu. It is a either/or proposition. You can't have both digital and analog output at the same time.

  • shaqfu Jan 28, 2009

    I had the same problem and this worked. I have a question though. When you have the RCA cable connected from the CBL/SAT to the receiver, does the audio still pass through the HDMI for Zone 1? I ask because once I disconnected the RCA cables after turning zone 2 off, the sound for zone 1 was not working. Hope this makes sense.



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