I am extremely impressed with the 7.1 analog inputs. The analog performance is fantastic.
When I evaluate, I begin here because it sets the baseline for the performance.
It's what happens after all the DSP's are done with the signal.
Most sources like my TiVo are HDMI and I will continue to use HDMI.
It is only the Oppo BDP-105 that I connect 7.1, HDMI, COAX, and XLR.
I like to compare them for fun and it helps when beta testing for Oppo.
It could be that the Analog section is so good that it brightens the sources compared to my Onkyo PR-SC5507.
In pure mode, TiVo sounds better.
I have a great room and speakers so I prefer to minimize the processing of the signal.
I have yet to hear music sent though a DSP that retains the imaging and sound stage.
This is not always possible because the speaker size and room. But if it is, I highly recommend it.
It is unfortunate, that I have to engage the tone controls bring down the sibilance.
BTW, this is not a new phenomenon.
The Onkyo and Yamaha products that I have also boost treble when taken out of pure mode.
I suspect that most customers prefer the boost and that is why it is done. (Veil lifted ).
Perhaps, this is true of Japanese processors and AVR's in general.
Sort of like the old days with East Coast and West Coast sound.