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I have a the RX-V1700 and I am trying to set up a Zone 2 to listen to the football game on the porch. I am using a wireless speaker kit (made by Rocketfish) and it seems to work fine (tried one of the LF speakers). The only thing that works on zone 2 is the V-AUX (ipod). Nothing from the cable or dvd. I have set the Zone 2 Vol to Var, the Zone 2 to "SP2". I have tried SP1 - neither will work unless the ipod is playing. I am out of ideas.

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    Rich Patterson Oct 09, 2010

    Thank you for the reply. Not even close though. There is no set up button on the remote. I have a set menu button and all I have is A,B,C options. None of the options are preferences. I have the RX-V1700 made by Yamaha. I have tried to find something that looks like a region based option and I cannot find it. This solution is not applicable to my model. Can you suggest something relevant to my model? Thank you.

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    Rich Patterson Oct 09, 2010

    Thank you for the reply. Not even close though. There is no set up button on the remote. I have a set menu button and all I have is A,B,C options. None of the options are preferences. I have the RX-V1700 made by Yamaha. I have tried to find something that looks like a region based option and I cannot find it. This solution is not applicable to my model. Can you suggest something relevant to my model? Thank youThank you for the reply. Not even close though. There is no set up button on the remote. I have a set menu button and all I have is A,B,C options. None of the options are preferences. I have the RX-V1700 made by Yamaha. I have tried to find something that looks like a region based option and I cannot find it. This solution is not applicable to my model. Can you suggest something relevant to my model? Thank you

  • Rich Patterson
    Rich Patterson Oct 10, 2010

    Thanks for the reply. I am about to give up on the zones thing. I can hook the zone 2 speakers to the FL and FR (the wireless speaker kit doesnt draw much) - this is how it used to be done in the 70's before technology gave us these amazing options (that rarely work). If you look at the manual on page 100 (under notes) - you will see very many exceptions that do not allow certain speakers to work when certain zone configurations are chosen - many limitations, i must be in one of those but I just cant find it. By the way, I recently purchased a Pioneer VSX-1020 for a multi-zone config, with an optional speaker b setting for Zone 1 - and it works perfect. Manual written well and even works with my iphone, sending songs bluetooth on zone 2. This was $500 and it works. Works well.

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    Rich Patterson Oct 12, 2010

    I hooked up the speakers to Zone 1. This isnt really a solution to the problem - just a work around. I had to click accept solution because it was suggested to do this although it is a lame route. I did it anyway. Still interested in a Zone 2 fix though ... one input tested works (Ipod dock) and the other 2 inputs did not work (CBL/SAT and DVD). Makes no sense.

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Strange, if you hook the output from zone 1 to the speakers though it works, correct? You can always just have both sets of speakers connected to zone 1. It sounds like the zone 2 output may have some issues going on here. There shouldn't be anything prohibiting the other sources from playing over zone 2. Check the setup of the receiver and verify there is nothing that "disables" zone 2 for those sources, but to my knowledge (and looking at the manual here) there isn't anything like that.

Tim

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    Tim Grayson Oct 10, 2010

    Sounds good, and yes I have had many problems with trying to use Zone 2 on pioneer devices. It is frustrating to say the least in many cases. Glad it sounds like you have it working now. If possible please come back to the question here and click the Accept
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Hi


Try this & check if your played becomes region free---

1. Press the Setup button on your remote control

2. Select the Preferences Page on the menu

3. Press the 1 button on your remote control

4. Press the 3 button on your remote control

5. Press the 7 button on your remote control

6. Press the 9 button on your remote control

7. Using the Up and Down buttons on your remote control, change the displayed region to 1 for

region 1, 2 for region 2, and so on, or 0 for multi-region playback

8. Press the Setup button on your remote control


Hope this helps... If it does please do not forget to accept the solution or post back for assistance.

Daniel

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