My new Denon player has now been moved into it's permanent place in my AV rack.
The 7.1 analog connections and setup has been successfully performed and is outputting all channels as verified by the players test tones.
Multi-Channel Analog Audio Setup wasn't that difficult, but in all fairness I already own a Denon AVR & Denon DVD-A/SACD player, so that experience gave me a big edge.
First test blu-ray for audio evaluation is one of my favorites, "Transporter3"
This DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack is very aggressive, has plenty of LFE punch, and makes full use of all surround channels.
Second audio test blu-ray was the DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack from "Hellboy II The Golden Army".
Another great 7.1 dynamic soundtrack with plenty of surround action and full LFE slap.
First 7.1 Analog Audio Impression:
The Denon player hands down had BETTER imaging, overall clarity, and increased detail, outperforming ALL of my previous blu-ray players!!
LFE output from the Denon was initially just adequate, but I was using my previous EXT.IN +10 setting.
I have now increased it to +15 and the LFE output is now near reference level with NO overload.
Initially VERY HAPPY with the PQ & SQ of this player.
On the down side:
I have noticed a few shortcomings in this player which are NOT a deal breaker for me, but given the choice of options available on many players, I find this somewhat disappointing.
1) Unable to use both HDMI and multi-channel analog audio at the same time.
You need to scroll through the setup menu and reconfigure the audio settings.
(Who wouldn't like to be able to use HDMI audio for your TV speakers without having to reconfigure your audio setup?)
2) Audio display information for Blu-ray 7.1 analog playback is bare bones to say the least.
All you get is the basic sound format info : DTS-HD - Multi-Channel - 3
This audio display does NOT give you any information on if it's outputting 5.1/7.1 channels or what frequency it is outputting: 48kz/96kz
(Disappointing for a player of this caliber.)
So far the GOOD points outweigh the bad exponentially!!
Enclosed are some more photos of how NICE this player looks in my rack!!