Originally Posted by krichter1
Dropped my unit off and it will be ready Wednesday evening. Hope I made the right decision here (I asked them to give me back my parts in case I wanted to go back to the old version... of course they said they weren't sure they could do that... I said sure you can because the parts belong to me; not Denon).
The good part of this at least was it being a great excuse to clean up the rats nest behind my 6' rack and finally getting rid of all the "3D work arounds" to support two different rooms.
Upgrade went smoothly out of the West Chicago location (Electronic Express was great and my receiver was as pristine coming back as going out!), and I can report 3D passthru works as expected. I still need to get my updated Pro kit license from Luke at Audyssey but did a quick 8 seat calibration with the new (included), mic and can also report XT32 does indeed add a distinct layer of finer resolution all around, especially in the bass area (much smoother yet authoritative presence).
I did find it strange that the surrounds ended up ~2-3dB too hot for my room but also found a new feature (well if not new from the upgrade, certainly a new and cool
feature to me... never knew it was there!), where if you select the center "Enter" button while not in the OSD it brings up all the speaker output levels, allowing a quick adjustment; nice!
I can also confirm the 'Free Assign' will not allow you to allocate a 2nd set of surrounds to an unused speaker post set (Denon has completely disabled the 'Amp Assign' outputs now except Amp Assign 2 which can only
be used for FH/FW!). I ended up buying a small two ch. Dayton Audio amp
to drive off of the baseband outputs for SurrB's but unfortunately this amp's sensitivity in relation to the speaker outputs on SurrA is about 4dB too low so I can't get the two surround outputs synced (although it could also be the relationship of the amp which is an Input impedance of 47k ohms vs. Denon's output which the specs say 1.2v output). I may have to look at either a diff amp or some rigging of an 3dB attenuater on the SurrA speaker outputs.
To Denon on removing the Surround B option in the assign functionality . . . What the hell were you thinking guys... Come on man!!