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I don`t normally work on sunday but what is it that you want to listen to while the speakers and headphones are working at the same time ?
You should still be able to select something else but yes I found that your receiver will not play anything out of zone 2 if the source is digital , IE HDMI and optical input .
Take a look here at what inputs the receiver will take and play while in zone 2 mode ;
That's number 4
Now I will ask again , what is it that you want to listen to while the speakers and headphones are working at the same time ?
By the way , you wont get anything out of AV 5 out either if the source is digital , this receiver will not output any analog audio anywhere ( audio out 1 and 2 , the av 5,6 or zone 2 ) if the source is digital , the source has to be analog so I may have a work around to this if you can reply to my question
If you are talking about the cable box for example then leave it connected hdmi but add a rca stereo cable from it to the receivers audio in 1or 2 and set zone 2 to that input .
But first test your amp directly at the cable box to make sure this is functional
At this point I`m not sure why your receivers zone 2 lets you select the av5 only but if that is the case then connect your cable box in that input and try zone 2 again.
Hold everything Ken
Not sure why I did not see this before other than the fact that you don`t normally see that in modern receivers but your RX has FRONT PREAMP OUT , there should be sound there at any time
No problem I should be around
Im not saying that there should always be sound there when using hdmi but it would make sense
You said you tried the headphones , did you try it with that amp ?
Did you try the preamp out with the receiver`s own tuner in fonction ?
Did you turn up the volume ?
That preamp out is volume dependent
Right now i just cant believe that something so simple is getting to be so complicated , test the amp you bought with headphones and all directly at the cable box or anything that gives sound and then there has to be an output on that receiver that gives sound !!
By the way , you got the model number of that small amp you bought ?
O.k then i guess you got a 1/4" phone to rca stereo adapter to connect the monitor input to the RX preamp or zone 2 out ?
Try it it on the RX preamp while something analog like the tuner is playing then test it with the other inputs like hdmi , as i said the preamp out would make sense if it had whatever sound is playing through the output of the RX , after all the preamp is the last step (normally) before the speaker out circuits .
Right now it is correct that if you use the preamp out then it may be too low for the headphones while it is just correct for the house speakers and not sure another amp would do any better , i would consider wireless headphones that have their own amps before thinking about a different model that would probably not do any good anyway
Again , how and when do you use the headphones ?
If that is while watching the cable box for example then run a pair of rca cables from that box (beside the hdmi ) to one of the analog input and then use zone 2 where you can crank up the volume as high as you want it .
No problem , there has to be a way now to make that zone 2 work as it should