Typically it is better to do it the other way around so that you don't have differences between your different sources playing through the receiver. I.e., you want the RECEIVER to do bass steering, other content steering, speaker time alignment, and speaker volume level balancing.
Now some players will just decode to multiple channels of PCM without regard to any player settings on speaker configuration. For others, it is easy to disable the various speaker related processing features. To do this, tell the player that:
1) You have a full set of surround speakers, center channel, and subwoofer WHETHER OR NOT that is true.
2) All speakers are the same distance from your listening position WHETHER OR NOT that is true.
3) All speakers, other than the subwoofer, are "large" -- full range speakers capable of handling deep base -- again WHETHER OR NOT that is true.
4) All speakers play at the same volume.
Since you have told the player that all speakers exist, are large, play at the same volume, and are at the same distance, the player will have no need to steer content from one speaker to another or to time delay or level adjust any channels.