Originally Posted by rdgrimes
I'm going to disagree with Bob P. on this one and tell you to try both connections. Because your AVR is a bit older, it most likely does not have any DSP, EQ or similar setup options on the multi-channel analog inputs. If I'm wrong about that, disregard this. The bass management and distance/level settings in the player are basic at best. There's a good chance that you may prefer the sound of the alternate DD/640 or DTS/core audio tracks through your current system. Both are very high quality and difficult to distinguish from the lossless streams. It's easy enough to have both connections and compare.
I'll definitely try both. I just ordered a 5.1 cable set from Blue Jeans Cable last night -- along with a newer skinnier, sexier HDMI cable certified for 1.3a operation ...
I think that you're right about the analog inputs not going through any processing on my Emotiva DMC-1. Here's the comment that they have on the 7.1 8 channel inputs:
Emotiva DMC-1 User's Guide: These analog audio inputs can connect to the output of an external surround processor, or a source component such as DVDAudio, SACD, or a DVD player with its own surround decoder. You can select this as an input from the front panel or remote control. The eight channels of analog audio will then pass into the DMC-1
Note: This is designed to be a very short, ultra pure, analog-only signal path. DSP-based
effects such as tone controls, bass management and DSP surround are bypassed in order to maintain the highest fidelity.
As for the bass management, etc. on the BD83, the only thing that I saw that I'd like different is a variable crossover point for the "small" vs. "subwoofer" speakers. It's fixed at 80Hz (yeah, I know, the THX standard) but my front speakers are Vandersteen 2Ci's and they go down to ~30Hz. Ideally the crossover point could be selected per speaker pair since each would probably have a different speaker type. Also, it would be nice to have a pink noise generator for helping to set the analog trim levels but that's easy enough to solve with a calibration disk.
Basically, it sounds like I'm going to have my hands full trying to figure out all the different controls, interconnects and which component gets to do what to which signals. It makes you understand why Joe and Jane America look at this confustion and either want an "all-in-one" or go for everything from the same manufacturer!
But, as I think Michael Keaton said in the movie Beetlejuice "Hobbiests. You gotta hate them ..."