Originally Posted by jb5200
I posted this about a month back but I still am struggling with this. I use my D1 for 2.1 ch music only and I want to use the 2 ch balanced. I have everything connected correctly (I think) - balanced out of DAC>2 ch. in on D1>balance out of D1 to the amps and sub.
I went into the menu for 2 ch. BAL and changed it to AnalogDSP and it is fuzzier than all get out. I switched to AnalogDIR and it is clear as a bell. I went into the menus and made sure all of the levels were 0 b/c my buddy had the same thing but noticed his input level was really high - when he moved it to 0 it was perfect. At this point I have it connected RCA analogDSP for CD as well and it is clear as well but this is not my preferred connection b/c it is a little more precise/focused using the XLR.
What am I doing wrong?
I have my Ayre cdp hooked up to my D2 via xlr and it works fine. So should yours. The only difference I hear between Analog-dsp or direct is the loss of bass and ARC. IMHO, mine sounds significantly better in analog-dsp because of ARC and added bass. It shouldn't sound fuzzy.
You will need to use analog-dsp in order to use the bass management in the D1. It sounds as if you have it set correctly, but please check a couple of settings.
Are you using ARC, or setting the speakers and crossovers yourself? Make sure youre speaker configuations are set correctly for movie and music. For music you will need fronts and sub only. Your cross-overs should be set accordingly for your speakers.
Make sure your 'source preset' for 2-ch is for 'stereo' and not some multi-channel setting like DTS music.
Make sure that you have chosen 'music' and not 'movie' or 'auto lfe' in the 2-ch souce set-up.
FWIW I have my 2-ch set to -6 in the 'analog input level' section since the balanced connection runs a little higher.
You mention that you are running balanced into the D1 from your dac.
Are you running a cdp into the dac with balanced or rca? Or a computer via usb to the dac?
If you are running a cdp to your dac and you have balanced out on the cdp, have you tried bypassing the dac and going balanced in directly from the cdp to the D1?
Is there a way you can check your dac by connecting it to another pre/pro or receiver at a freinds house or A/V store? It is possible that the problem could be the balanced circuity in the dac and not the D1. This could rule out a problem with the dac's balanced circuity.
Are there settings in your dac that could affect the balanced output, and if so are they set correctly?
Bottom line is your D1 should sound as good or better with a balanced connection from your dac. It is pssible ther is a problem with the D1's balanced cicuity, but unlikely. Its possible that there is a problem with your dac's balanced circuity, but unlikely. Most likely a simple setting error.