Originally Posted by nippon
Is there any way to have the low bass (under the crossover) when playing analog source without doing a analog -> PCM conversion?..
Not that I can see. You can set the sub output to Plus in Manual Speaker settings. But, they do not engage in Pure Direct mode. They turn on when set to Direct, which means going thru DSP for bass management, speaker settings, etc.
The only way I can see to use subs without an A-D conversion is to hook them up using your speaker level outputs to the sub & the sub's internal high pass/low pass crossovers to direct bass to sub & mids/hi's to speakers. Outlaw Audio did make an analog bass management box several years ago called the ICBM but its no longer made.
The good news is that according to Pioneer, the sampling rate converter will upsample analog audio to 192 Khz so you probably can't tell the difference.
I know I can't, but the purist in me still has an aversion doing the conversion anyway - we audiophiles can be an anal bunch
On your SACD observation, Pure Direct does let the receiver's DACs decode DSD directly but with no bass management, speaker levels adjusted, etc. Direct allows the receiver to do all bass management, speaker levels, delays, and EQ, but that requires DSD to be converted to PCM first. But it won't be down-sampled to CD 44.1 khz quality; it will remain at SACD rate of 88.2 or 176.4 khz. From my understanding, all DSD has to be changed to PCM anyway to be converted to analog, just where it gets changed is the difference.
The sound quality IS awesome