Originally Posted by egrady
If I use the 7.1 analog connection between the 5805 and the Panny blue ray player, allowing the player to process the signal and convert it from digital to analog, can I still take advantage of the 5805's EQ processing, bass mgt and so on?
Panny has promised a firmware update for their player so it will be compatible with all the new audio codecs, including lossless. It appears that with the 5805 one must use the analog input to take advantage of this. But, if all the processing is lost I'm inclined to pass on the 5805 and wait for Denon to come out with HDMI 1.3 ready AVR's.
If you use the analog 7.1 input to the 5805, you will still be able to use the 5805 EQ, bass mgt etc, provided you have selected the 'DSP mode' for the analog input in the setup.
The 5805 will convert the analog back to digital, do processeing etc, and convert back to analog, so there is an extra AD-DA conversion done.
If you do not enable the 'DSP mode', then rudimentary bass mgt. will still be done using analog filters, but not EQ processing, sound field processing etc. is possible.