In advance I apologize if these questions are somehow hijacking this thread. The 'Official X Thread' seems to be the way the board is organized for answering questions specific to a piece of equipment which makes sense, but again if there is a discussion underway I apologize for interrupting it and as a newbie would appreciate a better location to post.
I recognize that the 3808 is a dated A/V receiver in a way, but there are a couple of functions that will keep it relevant to me.
1) Is there a way to seamlessly play an entire directory of music from a USB solid state key? Currently the system and DACs need to re-buffer after every track. This disturbs music that was ripped from CD where the CD played the music seamlessly from track to track. Ripping gapless doesn't help. Ripping as a single track works, but it's a lot of work and inconsistent with how I use the files elsewhere.
I do not want to use a music server at this point as the investment exceeds the current value of the receiver and low cost solutions that use say an iPod dock sound terrible. The 3808 DACs aren't bad at all. If I need to go that route, I'll sell and move on to an HTPC.
2) The speaker distance setup function works well for creating a good surround environment, but how to you effectively eliminate that function and run it in 2 channel mode without depending on the delay etc that the speaker distance setup depends on. I know that if you setup the front channels properly, you get close, but you can definitely tell that there is coloration if you're off by a foot or two i.e. you lose or gain bass.
If technology has marched on, then it has and I need to start over. The rig will go up for sale as will the BD player and likely the speakers (B&W CM series). I know this is not the form to post that. I'm still hopeful that I'm missing something.