Originally Posted by barfly711
..I play a lot of 2-channel SACD and DVD-A's through my Oppo DV-980H and have found that I prefer the sound of neo:6 w/ Audyssey EQ on . It's sounds the cleanest and has the best distribution of bass between my 3.1 speaker setup which consists of 3 B&W M-1's and (don't laugh) a Polk PSW10 subwoofer. I've tried the direct modes, but it sucks all the bass out, actually turns off the subwoofer and from what I read that's the way it's supposed to work. The Stereo surround mode sounds decent...
Hi bar. Much depends on your setup, speakers, your room and your preferences. I have Polk towers and a Polk PSW 350 sub and run 2.1 for stereo with DynEQ always on and it is great for redbook CD and HDCD. It's even better since I moved the front speakers closer, to 9'. I don't use direct for anything.
I play multich SACD on my Oppo'83, sent as DSD direct to the 2809 via HDMI. Amazing 5.1 sound. Again DynEQ always engaged. I guess you have your Oppo playing the 2 ch or downmixing to 2 ch, then have the Denon synthesize the CC? I assume that is pleasing as it fills in the front soundfield? BTW there are some Shaded Dog era three channel recordings you may be interested in referred to here
Audyssey makes all the difference in my HT. I even tried the Oppo xtra special HI SQ stereo analog outs run into EXT IN to avoid unneccessary processing but it just didn't sound as good as digital, or as good as running through the normal analog in, with bass management and Audyssey processing, despite the extra AD/DAC that requires. Trust your ears, enjoy.