Originally Posted by jdsmoothie
Are you using the HDMI1 (PCM only) or HDMI2(DSD) output on the 103? If using HDMI2 and the 103 is set to DSD then AFAIK
, the X4000 would have to be set to DSD Direct to decode the DSD audio track, which as noted in the Owner's manual clip below, does not enable Audyssey.
At first I used HDMI1, and noticed there was no difference when changing the output of the 103 from PCM to DSD. Not even a drop in audio, suggesting no difference in player ouput. And, no change in indicated signal input by the X4000 (it showed PCM regardless). That was a head scratcher. Interestingly, if you choose to output DSD, and use HDMI1, the player still outputs PCM (rather than no audio at all).
Then I read the 103 manual more thoroughly, realized my mistake, and changed to HDMI2. I made no changes to the X4000. I've not even seen where/how one would select DSD Direct as a mode. Pressing INFO on the X4000 showed it was receiving DSD signal. I got down on the floor, looked at the display, and Audyssey was lit.
Incidentally, Audyssey support told me that Audyssey can be applied to any signal type, it's Denon (in this case) that would prevent it's application on one or more signal types.
Just realized, the "DSD Direct" you speak of is likely simply "Direct", which of course would disable Audyssey. Direct, whatever applied to, disables Audyssey., i.e., 2-channel Pandora in Direct mode would disable Audyssey. So, if the 103 is outputting DSD over HDMI, and you choose Direct, that would disable Audyssey. But that would be like applying Direct to a Dolby Digital signal - it's not decoded. No idea what would happen if you applied Direct to Dolby Digital, or DTS HD MA.
So, no, if the 103 is set to DSD over HDMI for SACD, then the X4000 does not have to set to DSD Direct. Rather, the X4000 simply decodes the bitstreamed DSD signal, and it sounds awesome. Although I couldn't hear any difference between the player outputting DSD vs outputting PCM.