Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
1. If "most direct" means STEREO, no worries, but keep in mind that in either "DIRECT" or "PURE DIRECT" Audyssey cannot be enabled.
2. Not on the 3311, although the 4311 has this feature.
If it's losing settings, then there may be an issue with the capacitor. In the end you're probably going to want to return this one.
Ok, I reset the Denon back to factory defaults and re-ran Audyssey, this time using all eight positions as described in the Audyssey thread, and everything is sounding clear and transparent as all get out once again. Dynamic volume & EQ are both off and using the Audyssey "flat" setting. Changed my front three again from large/full band to small/100hz. How the hell a B&W 804S is considered large/full range is beyond me but the room is small and very dampened (so it's a little bass heavy and has some tippy-top end suck out as shown by both the EQing of the Yamaha & Denon - 16kHz gets boosted and around 60hz gets decreased is where the major EQing takes place).
I'm wondering since I use both optical and HDMI out of my HTPC set into one input named "HTPC" maybe setting each to a different input selection might be a better way to go about it with this unit? I would like to just use HDMI and not use optical at all, but the damned stupid HDCP protection wont let me use the HDMI sound out of the PC unless the TV is on and I use the PC with the PC monitor a lot using the AVR for all sound duties. Once the TV is turned on, the HDMI passes all audio just like the optical, it's just my soundcard locks it out unless the TV is on, sigh.
As of typing the above, I tried selecting HDMI out on the PC and the Denon locked up again! Grrr... At least I just pressed the power button on the front and it turned back on and retained settings. Not a very stable unit, sadly.BTW, what is recommended for the most accurate and natural sound? The Audyssey curve or flat?
I suppose if I keep my HTPCs two outputs (optical/HDMI) assigned to two different inputs on the Denon that would allow me to have one setting saved for movies and another for music without having to go into the menu and changing settings? (i.e. perhaps Audyssey curve for movies and flat for music).
Anyone else experiencing lock ups of the 3311 to where the remote wont respond or anything? Bummer....I'd really like the keep the unit. My Yamaha was rock solid and never locked up or glitched out one time!
Oh and about the 4311 being able to disable the amps and not the 3311, seems like all AVRs with preamp outs should be able to disable the internal amp. Doesn't this eat up and waste a lot of power when using these AVRs as preamps? Would seem so to me! Why oh why don't these companies just release a couple of these AVRs without the amp sections as straight up pre/pros? Yea, what's the Denon pre/pro go for? $7500? I don't think so since the pre/pro is the first thing to be outdated.... I think some pre/pros from these companies should be out in the $1000 range. I mean if they can sell them and make money with internal amps, shouldn't they be able to with the amps taken out?