Originally Posted by sofakng
I'm sorry for asking so many questions about my new AVR-X4000 but I really, really appreciate the help of jdsmoothie, batpig, and everybody else!
I do have one more question though...
What is the surround mode "STANDARD" ? (this is available using the Denon Remote applications or the RS232/IP protocol, etc)
After doing research, I know that there are three surround mode "quick selects" called Movie, Music, and Game. Each of these can be programmed to select your favorite surround mode. (for example, the "Movie" button can automatically select the DTS NEO:X Cinema mode, etc)
However, I'm confused what this "STANDARD" surround mode is and the purpose of it...
The "STANDARD" button used to be, um, standard on Denon remotes for surround control. Up until a few years ago when they dropped that on the xx12 models and switched to the newer "quick select" method of having memorizable Movie/Music/Game buttons. But the "Standard" command still persists in the world of universal remotes and custom installs.
Basically, the way you can think about Denon surrounds is that there are three basic categories:
1. STANDARD modes which are the core surround sound processing modes without any "enhancement"
2. 2CH LISTENING modes which include Stereo and Direct surround modes
3. DENON DSP modes like MultiCH Stereo, Jazz Club, etc. which add some proprietary "enhancement" processing
Traditionally, hitting the "STANDARD" button would cycle through the various "standard" surround processing options. Typically the first option would be "straight" decoding (e.g. if DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 is the input, and you have a 7.1 setup, it would decode the straight 5.1 signal) and then it would cycle through the various "standard" upmixing (Dolby Pro-Logic and DTS equivalent). So if you take that 5.1 signal and keep pressing standard it will cycle from "straight" Dolby Digital through DD+PLIIx Cinema, DD+PLIIx Music, DD+DTS Neo:X, etc.
With a stereo input signal the "STANDARD" button will cycle through various upmix flavors (again the correlation with "standard" and surround sound), so it might go PLIIx Cinema > PLIIx Music > DTS Neo:X Cinema > DTS Neo:X Music etc.