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  1. OK NOW I'm confused. I'm not sure I undersand the subtlety of why the kitchen TV needs to be on. Is it possible to have the input set as network for both Zone 2 or 3, and just stream synchronized audio (from a NAS or PC) to those two zones simultaneously. I think the answer is no.
  2. The Zone 3 speakers are Krix Aquatix. As an all Krix household, the Family room (Zone 2) will probably be Krix Equinox. I am thinking these speakers are maybe not good enough to worry about having an AVR driving them instead of a Connect:Amp. AVR + Connect means two boxes the wife has to turn on before she can have music. Connect:Amp makes it just one (for each zone), and keep my Rotel for my theatre. And I'm not sure a second hand high end AVR will outperform my Rotel (in terms of sound quality). My Rotel isn't THAT old.
  3. I don't think I was confused. Maybe I am now? Yeah I understand you can do what you say above. However, I think I'm also correct in saying you can't, for example, stream (the same stream) to your outdoor zone and kitchen simultaneously, while someone watches a move in your living room. Right?
  4. Yeah it's 100%. OK, I'm going to have to think carefully about how I would do this, to weigh it up. Add two Connect:Amps to my theatre, and keep my Rotel 5.1, or buy a new AVR and two Connects.
  5. Thanks a lot fellas. OK, so it's all zones, or just one zone. Can't sync, for example, just 2 and 3. That's a bit of a bumm3r. I intend for the input to be streamed mp3s from my NAS, so definitely not an analog source. Based on your collective comments, I read some more, and it seems that the A2020 lacks playlist support. And .wpl in particular. This is a major problem if true. It seems the A2020 is good for playing an album, or individual songs, but that's about it. Htpc-online, my music collection (all with correct meta data and album art) is on my NAS. I currently use a WMC HTPC in the theatre, and an Xbox 360 extender in the kids' playroom. I have a bunch of .wpl playlists already setup as a result, including some auto playlists (e.g. songs from the last 5 years). I want to be able to stream albums or playlists, and manage that from Android tablets and phones, in Zones 2 and 3. Zone 2 is my family room (a TV-less room), and Zone 3 is outside.
  6. Thanks for the Denon 3313 and DeRemote tip. I downloaded the manual, but didn't read it yet - so being a 7.2, does the theatre drop to 3.1 when both Zones 2 and 3 are active? Can Zones 2 and 3 be synchronized?
  7. Thanks Spary. You definitely mean a Connect, not a Connect:Amp? I was thinking two Connect:Amps if I keep my 5.1 Rotel. I haven't done much research on their amps and speakers, but I guess I just see Sonos as being a front-end company, not the sort of company I want to turn to for amps and speakers. Yeah I also wasn't keen on their wireless mesh. However, if I add two Connect:Amps in my theatre, they would both have wired network connections. I'm leaning pretty heavily towards a new AVR and forgetting Sonos I think.
  8. I've got two zones that I want to get music to. One zone is outside. Neither zone has anywhere to put an amp or Sonos box. So I plan to drive each stereo pair from another room, most likely my Theatre. The Theatre (which is 5.1) currently has a Rotel 1057. Nice AVR, but crappy for multi-zone. So I started weighing up two possibilities: buy a 9.2 3-Zone AVR, or add Sonos Connect:Amps in my theatre. If I keep my current AVR, I figure I need 2 Connect:Amps. Now, while I accept that Sonos are great at the front ends, the cynic in me doubts the quality of their amps. I also don't like having 3 boxes, when one AVR could do the job. With each Connect:Amp costing $799, I see that 2 x $799 + Ebay of my 1057 ~= new 3-Zone AVR. So I started looking at AVR (Android) apps, to see where these guys are at. Rotel nowhere, Cambridge Audio crashes, Yamaha is very good. Anyway, I am thinking if I get a 9.2 AVR with a good app, I am getting much of the Sonos experience, but with a more elegant hardware solution. I homed in on the Yamaha A2020. Went to my local hifi store, only to be told they haven't stocked Yamaha for 18 months because of quality issues. They started strongly pushing Sonos. So I'm a little unsure about which way to go, and hence seeking some advice from others who've already walked the path. If it matters, my speakers are all Krix. Am I crazy to look beyond Sonos? Do Yamaha really have quality issues these days? If I forget the A2020, what brand and model should I be thinking about? Onkyo seems to have a good Android app.
  9. I don't know when the 75" Samsung LCD will hit the Australian market, but maybe that's not too far away. I'm not saying it's a good replacement either, but probably better than the LG or Sharp. Failing that, you could fall back to the biggest Samsung or Panasonic plasmas. That's what I'd probably do if my SXRD bit the dust right now.
  10. Interesting to see the thoughts here this morning. Close-ups looked good to me. However, if there was a shot of the grandstands from a distance, there was nowhere near the detail or sharpness you would typically see in the grandstands in One HD's coverage of AFL or a lot of the US sports. For me, that was the biggest giveaway. If it was, technically, HD, it was very much at the lower end of the scale. I have noticed in the past, with the Australian Open for example, that material shot on HD cameras, and broadcast as SD (and/or upscaled back up to nominal HD resolution for the HD channels), looks considerably better than stuff shot on SD cameras. ie. Close-ups look good, but the lack of HD is evident in the long-range shots. I think the cricket had that look. However, maybe it was just a case of SBS doing a less than spectacular job on the 1080i->720 conversion, as others have speculated. Or maybe the difference between 720 and 1080 is just that pronounced? It was certainly the first time I've seen a (nominal) 720p sporting broadcast.
  11. Not true. We know precisely. On FTA TV last year, during the home and away season, precisely two games (at a maximum) each week were HD. ie. The two games produced by Ten (usually the two Saturday games). For viewers in WA and SA, one (and sometimes both) of these HD games were frequently bumped for a Foxtel-produced SD game featuring WCE/FREo/Adel/PA. Only Vic viewers actually got 2 HD games every week.
  12. The most disturbing thing about all this is that Dexter can't rate. And that Ten think NCIS will do better. Which it probably will. Hard to blame the networks when the public choose to ignore a show like this. Having watched Dexter season 2 many months ago (no comment whether legal or not), I think it's possibly the single best season of a show I've ever seen. Certainly right up there among my personal all-time best list. I can't understand why it can't attract a large audience. Unless much of the potential audience has already seen it via BT or DVD.
  13. I don't understand why you care about universal remotes and multiple video inputs. Maybe I have a different idea about HTPCs, but one big advantage (and indeed point of them IMO) is to have it as the source of everything. Hence only use one input on your TV and one input on your amp. No need to ever switch. Never use the TV's internal tuner. One remote to rule them all, that remote being the HTPC's remote. The only kink I see in this plan is game consoles, but I'm not sure that one HTPC and one console is enough hardship to fork over the hard earned for a universal remote. I guess it gets down to how often you switch.
  14. Nice discussion. I think this is very much down to personal preferences and requirements. I built 2-3 years ago. I got a single network point to each room, with two points to a couple, such as the Theatre and the Family. Didn't bother with a patch panel - just ran my 13 lines back to wall plates in the study, since that is where my router/switch was going to go. Cat6 cabling. The not-smart smart wiring companies wanted a fortune to do this. Circa $4k. And that was Cat5e, with (for me) unnecessary patch panel, and heavy suggestions that I should run RG6 everywhere (which, personally, I see as the exact opposite of "smart" or "future proofing"). I ended up getting a private contractor who stiffed me $1200 for the job (with Cat6 costing $100 more than Cat5e). I haven't for a moment regretted what I did, except that I reckon I probably wasted money wiring up the bedrooms. But I come to this with personal preferences such as: - no interest in Foxtel - no interest in gaming consoles - HTPC and NAS to rule my home entertainment world (ie. no networked AVR, STB, PVR etc) - landline telephone? What the heck is that? - a loathing of 802.11g but an expectation that wireless networking would eventually dominate the home I now run 802.11n in addition to my wired network, and find it to be quite superb. Throughput is right on par with wired 100Mbps LAN and I have, thus far, found 802.11n to be very reliable. So my notebook never sees a wired connection anymore. Just the HTPC, Linksys Media Center Extender, NAS and printer on the wired Gigabit LAN. So a minimal setup works for me, and I would never need 6 points to the theatre. Presently only using one of the two in the room. I can see why other people would need a lot more though.
  15. I can run a cable for him, that's no problem. Thanks.