Originally Posted by evac311
My old Pioneer sounded alot better when running with no eq in "Direct" mode, and it would allow me to run my subwoofers. I need a new receiver now, and this ability is a must for me.
I cannot comment about new Denon products, but my old 3300 did not, nor does my current AVR; Onkyo 805. Typically, when using Pure or Direct Modes the Bass Management System, as well as all other digital processing, is bypassed, which will kill the subwoofer.
The only exception that I know of is if you use the 5.1/7.1 analog input of an AVR then the LFE channel is passed through the AVR untouched. However, you must be careful when doing this since you may have LFE channel level probelms unless you know how to work with this configuration.