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Best wishes for many happy hours of listening to your SP3. I'm sure that more than a few of us would be interested in your assessment of the audible differences between the SP3 and the Denon.
You're absolutely right: the SP3 manual is extremely disappointing and not in keeping with the quality of the product. I'm using the SP3 in a 7.2 system (also in a balanced configuration; equipment listed below) but have not experienced the test tone issue you mention. Stan Bleszynski, SP3 software designer, should be able to resolve your problem: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; 1 (800) 632-8217. Stan is a great guy, very helpful and quite a thinker. I found that for speaker setup, my tape measure, Radio Shack analog sound level meter, and Genelec speaker angle iPhone app were very helpful.
BTW, as you'll see above, in my post #498 of 4.16.2013 (and those preceding and following), the SP3 does not do 5.1 pass-through when speaker configuration is 7.1 (or 7.2). Ideally, the rear speakers should not receive signal, directing sound to FL - C - FR - SL - SR and sub(s). As Stan notes in his reply, this was in the original software but was dropped. He states that it will be in a firmware update. If you're interested in reinstating this basic option, you may wish to email Stan to let him know if it's important to you.
The means — Bryston SP3 | Bryston 6B-SST(C) - L/C/R; 4B-SST(C) - surrounds; 4B-SST(C) - rears | Bryston BDP-2 Digital Player; BDA-2 D/A Converter; Oppo BDP-105 | Paradigm Reference Signature S8 fronts; C5 center; ADP surrounds; S4 rears; two Velodyne DD15 subs | APC S20 | Pioneer Elite PRO-1130