That's useful to know, that you don't get the loss of the first half second of music tracks, when using the 2 ch analog outputs, thanks! When I hook up the 7.1 analog outs of my Oppo BDP 105 to the analog inputs of my 751R, I'll see if it fixes that issue for me, too. I suspect it will. I certainly hope so!
Your Oppo 105 should also have separate 2 ch outputs like my 752. I wired the 2 ch out put of the BD player to the CD input of the receiver so it can be kept sepate from the 7.1 movie stuff. I watch movies using the 751r's BD/DVD input and switch to the CD input to listen to music. Its like having a Bluray player and a high end CD player in one.
Well, I finally got around to setting up the analog outs of my Oppo 105 to the Multi Channel In (Analog Ins) of my 751R.
Didn't do it quite how you said - basically just used the dedicated Analog Stereo Outs of the Oppo for the Front Right and Front Left channels, and the remaining surround outs and sub out to the matching ins on my 751R. (So the FR and FL of the Oppo don't have any cables in them - this is what was recommended in the Oppo's manual). Made sure I had done the settings on the Oppo's OSD correctly, too.
So I connected up to the analog ins of the 751R and gave it a blast. Only worked half way. For just music (CDs for the stereo test, and SACDs for the 5.1 test) using the 7.1 Direct on the 751R - audio was brilliant! But I had no picture. Hmm.
Stuck in a Blu-ray movie (with 7.1 soundtrack) and selected the BD/DVD (which is assigned to HDMI 1)... got picture but no audio. (reason was that the Oppo's manual recommended disabling the audio from the HDMI as part of the analog outs scenario). Anyway, I switched to 7.1 Direct on the 751R, and now I got the 7.1 audio from the movie, but no picture.
Then I enabled audio on the HDMI on the Oppo and this time when I selected the BD/DVD on the 751R I got the picture and the audio, but the audio was from the HDMI and was was being DAC'd by the 751R which is not what I wanted. Again I switched to the 7.1 Direct and the picture disappeared but at least I got the analog audio again.
So, the issue is, how do I assign the 7.1 Direct audio in the 751R to the video on HDMI 1 (BD/DVD). According to the 751R's manual on page 14 it states:
5.1/7.1 direct in
If the player is selected via the BD/DVD button you can then view its content
and decode any relevant surround sound soundtracks.
If 7.1 Direct is then pressed, the audio is now switched to come from the
players analogue outputs.
You can also assign the same HDMI input to 7.1 Direct so that the picture is
And that's what this issue was all about: "You can also assign the same HDMI input to 7.1 Direct so that the picture is not lost." But it appears the OSD settings of the 751R does not give this option.
At this point I logged a query with Cambridge Audio. They responded promptly (within the same day) and this was their response:
Dear Sir, thanks for your inquiry.
The direct input cannot be assigned to a video connection so video will need to be run directly to the TV.
In my query to them I stated that it looks like I would have to go with making a direct HDMI connection to the TV, just as per their reply to me, but that this is not what I wanted. Oh well, seems like that will be the way I will have to go if I want to have a picture while utilising the Multi Channel In (analogs) of the 751R so that I can use the Sabre32 Reference DAC of the Oppo. I noted they didn't state that the manual was wrong, or anything else. But at least I no longer need waste time trying to figure this out.
Just thought I'd share this with you all.
Anyways, the audio is simply amazing - just brilliant. Supremely happy that I bought this receiver!