Originally Posted by htwaits
Many people in your situation seem to be very happy with MC-SACD. There may be some other explanation for what you are hearing.
I have a similar setup except that the Denon 3806 passes two HDMI inputs to one output. I use an OPPO three/one switch.
I'm using default audio settings except where noted below. I keep all my HDMI cables connected and never turn on our 8G Kuro when I play music.
Secondary Audio > OFF
Down Mix Mode > 5.1ch
Dynamic Range > OFF
BD-Live Network Access > OFF(I blame everything on BD-Live!)
I think that there is a link to the default setting in the first post of this thread, or in the FAQ which is also linked there.
Of course, I haven't had to solve any problems with our BDP-83 and the way it works in our setup. Once I hooked up the analog stereo outputs, I haven't been interested in any other connections for the type of music that we enjoy.
Note: I did use Blue Jeans Cable's best 2' interconnects to connect the 83 to the 3806.
We'll as you are using stereo vs MC-SACD, I asume you prefer it to MC as well as I do. If I did not have my stereo-SACD only Sony to compare it with, maybe I would think the MC-SACD was good. My next experiment will be removing the Gefen HDMI switcher and running straight to the projector to see if that keeps the pops/clicks at bay.
Today I played with DVD-Audio. No clicks or pops through the MC analog output with DVD-Audio like SACD with either MC or stero analog outs. However it seems to be missing base. I believe I've read that the Subwofer output is something like -10 db on DVD-Audio. If this is correct, I think I will stick with the Sony for audio. It doesn't do DVD audio, but playing it through digital coax sounds better then the thin presentation I'm getting here. Yes I could re-adjust the sub level every time I play DVD-Audio, but that is a pain, and I don't know if the sonic improvement would be there/worth the hastlle (I don't have that many DVD-Audio disc's).
The old Sony 9000ES isn't state of the art for DVD playback, but it seems to more then hold it's own for audio, so the simplest solution seems to just keep using it as my audio deck and the Oppo BDP-83 for DVD/BR.
Again, Thanks for the input and help - PK