Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
If you are also using the stereo amp as part of the multi-channel configuration, then you have a problem if you want the stereo outputs to operate independently. That's because they get a stereo down-mix when you play multi-channel content. So Center and the Surrounds content ALSO appears in them.
Instead, set Stereo Signal to FRONT LEFT/RIGHT, and wire the Dedicated L/R outputs in lieu of the multi-channel LF/RF outputs. Set this way, the Dedicated L/R act just like LF/RF -- responding to all the settings that normally apply to LF/RF.
But then the Dedicated L/R will NOT get a down-mix when you play multi-channel content. And when you play Stereo content, if LF/RF are set to SMALL, then bass steering will also happen on the Dedicated L/R -- meaning bass goes to the Sub.
So you have to think carefully about what you are trying to do here. If you want the stereo path to be independent, you can't also use its amp for the multi-channel path without paying attention to the type of content and the settings.
Sorry Bob. I'm now more confused - my ignorance no doubt! If I start from scratch to explain my set-up.
For stereo music listening
I use the Oppo via XLR cables direct to Cambridge Audio Azur 851a. I have Stereo signal on the Oppo set to Front Left/Right. Front L/R are set as 'Large'. I don't have a sub connected direct to the CA Azur or the Oppo and don't need one for stereo music. My Pioneer SC LX87 is not switched on.
For SACD multi-channel
(and DVD/Blu-ray audio, and sometimes concert DVDs/Blu-rays)
I currently have RCA phonos from Oppo to Pioneer SC LX87, with pre-outs for FL and FR from the Pioneer to the CA Azur. I do not
want this to downmix to stereo. I have a sub connected to the Pioneer.
I think this has been working OK. But I just wondered whether in fact the FL & FR phono link from the Oppo to the Pioneer was superfluous - if the XLRs are carrying the FL and FR anyway?
Or is your point that I'm missing something else?