and in fact mad on this issue!
Let see if you guys (and dear Kal from whom´s articles I have been feeding my brain with) can help me make sense of this situation.
Based on what I read here I went chasing a pioneer dv-58 (it´s the european dv-lx50) and grabbed one. Afterwards, and of course after reading a few brand´s receivers manuals I got a good bargain on a pioneer elite vsx-33 (mine is of course the european vsx-2020), mostly based on its manuals decoding charthttp://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...020_matrix.jpg
so to be able to have dsd to analog direct decoding. But! whatever I do I can only achieve the status dsd->pcm, 88.2Khz from my hybrid sacd´s! what a bummer!
You will notice on the vsx-2020 chart, down end, if the surround backs are not connected straight decoding can be achieved. Well, because I am bi-amplifying the front speakers, and because to bi-amplify on the vsx the surround backs have to output to the front speakers medium range (the regular vsx outs go to the front tweeters) my surrounds are in fact connected! but of course on the vsx setup the system is defined as "bi-amplified"
Still wasn´t able to disconnect the bi-amplify/medium drivers/surround back to make the final test but somehow I doubt this will be the case!
on the avforums a nice guy came up with this, and I quote
"IMHO the old VSX AX-4AVi converts the DSD to analog directly without conversion DSD->PCM. But only using the fantastic PQLS jitter free i-LINK connexion.
When it uses the HDMI CONNEXION, I think that all Pioneer AVs convert DSD signal into PCM (88,2 or 176,4 KHz).
If you wish the "best possible conversion from DSD to analog" you need to use a pair "old" SACD-AVR connected by i-link. Unfortunately, Pioneer not use this now
Now we all know the dv-58 does not have pqls mode.. and who cares in fact pioneer seem to have some of the lowest jitter of all on hdmi, take a look athttp://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...t=59207&page=2
but the vsx does get dsd from the dv-58 because at least "dsd->pcm" lights up.
What do you make of all this? What am I doing wrong ? or
- is this a case of a firmware bug on the pioneer vsx-2020 ? or
- is this a case of misleading user manual info in which case I was fooled and wrongly bought the vsx?
thks in advance