Originally Posted by Rutgar
If this was discussed earlier in this thread, I didn't see it.
Please correct me if I'm wrong:
The 2 channel analog out on the SE is superior to the RF & LF analog out of the SE's multichannel section. <-correct
All analog outputs (both 2-ch and multi-ch) are always on. <-correct
Wouldn't it make sense to run the 2-ch out of the SE to the LF & RF inputs of the multi-ch analog inputs of your pre/pro? And only use the center, surrounds, and sub section of the multi-ch outs of SE? <-no
For the last question, the answer is no because with the 2CH dedicated output, it is ALWAYS full range and a full downmix of MCH audio.
So if you were playing any soundtrack from any media that is in surround sound, all of the 7.0 or 5.0 channels will be coming through the front L/R speakers. Then since you have the other speakers connected too, those sounds will come out of the surrounds as well.
So the surround audio would be played through both the front L/R speakers AND through the surround speakers.
The only exception is if you are listening to an SACD in DSD mode.
In that instance, using the 2CH output will yield only sound from the L/R channels of the soundtrack you are listening to.
So in theory, your idea is a good one for listening to MCH surround SACD discs with DSD, but not for any other form of media.