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Originally Posted by LairdWilliams View Post
Generally not. If an SACD has no LFE channel, then it really should not matter whether the OPPO or the AVR decodes it - there will still be no LFE signal there. There are a lot of old quad recordings that have been (beautifully) resurrected by several labels and reproduced in 4.0 or 5.0 on SACD, but that display on a status display as 5.1 when playing, and yet you hear little or no subwoofer signal. DO NOT DESPAIR!! That is as it should be for these recordings. They are ".0" recordings. They HAVE no LFE signal - so you should not HEAR a LFE signal.

Now - if your speakers are set to small, then the low-frequency "parts" of your NON-LFE-channels will also go to the subwoofer. So if your speakers are set to small with a 4.0 or 5.0 recording, then you SHOULD have SOME signal going to the subwoofer - just not the non-existant LFE (".1") signal.
I do not have a subwoofer. I set the center and two rear speakers to small so that all the bass including the LFE goes to my main speakers. I have found that my main Infinity floor standing speakers (17 years old) provide me with enough deep bass that I do not need a subwoofer (at least for my taste).

Like I said, I am pretty new to SACD. I recently purchased a 5 SACD set of the Beethoven Symphonies. These are 5.0 and the bass was excellent. However, I just purchased another SACD which is 5.1 and found the bass kind of lacking with the OPPO set to DSD. Since it is late, I will play the rest of the 5.1 SACD tomorrow and change the OPPO setting to LPCM. Hopefully, this will provide better bass (as I have read on many threads).
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