Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
It's nice to know the analog out audio quality is so good. The engineering and parts content that goes into the audio analog output stage is probably a key factor in the cost of this player.
RBFC, I take it you have found no downside to using the analog outs, correct? All of the decoding and processing you wanted the player to do via the analog outs appears to be working as you wanted?
Have you tested DTS-HD HR tracks yet? How 'bout Dolby Digital Plus? There was some concern from the Denon manual that the analog outs would only get the lower quality "core" or "associated" track when trying to play those.
Also, are you using the player's own bass and speaker management for the analog outs, or have you disabled that so that you are doing it in your AVR?
Glad I'm online with a few more minutes this AM!
I have The Condemned
and House of 1000 Corpses
to try for DTS-HR. I'll let you know.
DTS-HD/MA and Dolby TrueHD both lit up the indicators on the Denon's front panel when playing those tracks, and the sound quality was such that I have no doubt that the correct decoding was occurring.
I am using the bass management and speaker delay/level settings in the player, since the AVR4806 does not process its analog "EXT IN" inputs. The settings were simple to make and worked very well.
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B&W CWM8180 (left surround, right surround, single back surround = 6.1)
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Denon DVD3930CI (SACD, DVD-A) via DenonLink
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