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I will try and be clear. Port 3. Analog input is set to bypass. I am not using analog input, but rather optical input on port 3. What I was trying to point out was that with that change for whatever reason, my FL speaker came up as it should. Maybe it was just this time.
The 7.1 input is a whole other thing and has nothing to do with ports 1-8. The Cary has, according to the RS232 control system, 15 input ports numbered 0-14. 0 is 7.1IN, 1-8 are the obvious, 9 is AM radio, 10 FM radio, 11 HDAM, 12 HDFM, 13 HDMI1 and 14 HDMI2
One of my original questions was does the setting for the analog input (Bypass or DSP) have any effect if the input port is using either the optical or Coaxial connector. It seems that it does not with regard to invoking effects. That sort of makes sense. But my question is what really gets bypassed and when. I did the following two tests
Test 1: Port3, input=Optical, input config=Bypass: source a two channel flac file streamed to the transporter and then to the 11A. With no effect engaged the VFD states Pcm 44.1 kHZ. Invoke CES 7.1 and VFD states CES 7.1 All Stereo and sound field changes for the better (IMHO). Turn off CES 7.1 and engage NEO-6 and the VFD states dts-NEO:6 Cinema. The Dolby PLIIx and surround effects will not engage.
test2: Port 2, input=anlog, input config=Bypass; source an XM radio tuner VFD says Stereo, effects may not be engaged; changing the Port 2 In config to DSP changes the VFD display to PCM 48khz and still no effects may be engaged. There is a noticable difference in the sound fileds, but I suspect it is just volume as opposed to a redistribution of audio, or it could be volume and/or some subtle processing.
The bottom line for me is that I can run all my inputs on Bypass and maybe it clears up the missing FL speaker.
I learned long ago that when something is Broken it generally does not behave as designed and all logical assumptions and understanding about what is taking place may be wrong.
It appears that the consensous opinion is that Bypass/DSP only has meaning if the input is truly 2 channel analog ( or 7.1 analog). I agree with that opinion. It implies that the optical and coaxial inouts can not be bypassed and they must pass through the DSP chips If that is the case, then that choice should not be permitted (optical + Bypass) in the setup menu, (a minor point).
I will run some tests tomorrow to see if the FL speaker failure is absolutely tied to the Bypass/DSP setting for port 3 optical input.