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It's not so much that I need a second HDMI video output, as much as I need the HDMI audio decoded to the second zone. I have a very open space style layout with a connected living room, dining room, and kitchen, and a big outdoor patio. Right now I have 5.1 surround in the living room right in front of the TV, and my "Zone 2" audio is sent to the recessed kitchen/dining room speakers and my outdoor speakers through a separate amp. I've made that work using the stereo analog output from my TV directly to my second amp, with the digital output from my TV going to the primary 5.1 receiver. However, that configuration results in the digital audio sent to the primary receiver being downgraded to stereo, and a noticeable delay/echo in the analog audio being sent to the secondary amp. Many of the receivers are unable to decode the HDMI/digital audio in the TV feed to that second zone, instead they will only send analog audio sources to that second zone, which is what I'm facing here.

Getting the right receiver upgrade should allow me to lose the TOSLINK digital audio connections from my PS3/PS4/TV, and allow everything over HDMI to the new receiver, and hopefully allowing that new receiver to process any of the digital sources correctly for 5.1 in the living room and correct stereo output to Zone 2 or even breaking up my Kitchen/Patio to a Zone 2/Zone 3 configuration.

I may just take the whole family over to Video Only for Father's Day and pick up something in person that I can install in one day.

This probably won't work for you because it requires replacing basically everything, but Sonos would do what you're looking for pretty easily. You'd run a Sonos 5.1 setup in the main room, running optical in to it*, then you can group that with other Sonos speakers in other zones, and it sends the TV audio (or whatever music service you're using) to all the grouped areas.

There is also a device that will let you do that using pairs of existing speakers, so you could do the Sonos 5.1 setup in the main room, and continue to use existing speakers in the other zones.

*First limitation is that the Sonos soundbar solutions only have a single input, and the two current ones are optical only (the not yet released compact soundbar can do either HDMI via ARC or optical with a provided adapter).

Disclaimer: I work for Sonos. Not trying to shill for them, but what you're trying to do is kind of what Sonos is built for.

It's not a soundbar, but I was looking to replace my bluetooth pc speakers and happened upon the new Scosche Boombottle MM speaker. They have good range, 12 hours on a charge, and can pair up (if you own two, naturally) to play in stereo. I like being able to position them around the room for movies (bluetooth enabled tv required). They fit in a cup/bottle holder, and they're also magnetic. Retail $129 suggested, but til 6/17/18 they're on sale at Costco for an introductory price of $69.99 each. I've been happy with them as an all-round speaker replacement so far.
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Does anyone have thoughts on the Denon AVR-S730H?
Its currently on sale for $199, seems like a steal at that price, albeit being an older model.

WizKid wrote:

Does anyone have thoughts on the Denon AVR-S730H?
Its currently on sale for $199, seems like a steal at that price, albeit being an older model.

No experience with that model, but Accessories4Less is legit. Quick shipping too. I bought most of my home theater stuff from there.

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