I have read all this thread and i just want to confirm somethings
My connections first
1 - Oppo HDMI to HDMI input on the marantz av8801. Bitstream audio
2 - 7 channel analog output from the oppo to the marantz. I use this connection for bluray shows and multi channel SACD
3 - Dedicated unbalanced stero output of the oppo to the cd input on the marantz. I listen to stereo SACD, CD, and music from the computer
1 - I have bought an amplifier from a headphone. Can I connect the balanced stereo outputs from the oppo to this amplifier. That way, both balanced and unbalanced will be used. Is this possible? I think I have read Bob saying that it is totally possible, just want to confirm it.
2 - When the 7.1 analog on the marantz is selected, is bass management turned off? I have set the audio on the oppo and I do not want double bass management? As far as i understand when it is selected on the marantz 7.1 channel input, there is no bass management and no trim levels fro the speakers, correct? If this is correct when I send multichannel DSD from the oppo through the 7.1 output, where does the bass management happens. I know that it is not in the oppo, but i understand that it is not on the marantz too, correct?
sorry for my bad english
Thanks in advance for everybody
Why not simply set the Oppo to DSD ? the 8801 will accept a native DSD signal and you can then A/B by turning Audyssey on and off to see what all the fuss is about. while the sound of the Oppo (assuming you have the 105) is indeed stelar I've found the setting its hdmi audio out to bitstream and setting it to DSD for sacd and letting the 8801 take over with Audyssey engaged (sometimes bypassing the FR/FL) to better it in many ways The great thing is if your a 2/ch fan as well this where I use the 105's balanced outs to the 8801 using the "CD" input in "Pure Direct" for 2/ch DSD ,cd and usb showing that the 8801 is an outstanding preamp as well.
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