Originally Posted by paligap
Thanks for the info. I had wanted to be able to send the signals that would usually go to my dipole surrounds to my direct radiating rears while listening to multi-channel music, while also being able to use my rears in a 7.1 configuration while watching TV and Blu-rays. I bought a Denon 4310, mistakenly thinking I would be able to do so.
I connected my Oppo via the multi-channel analog inputs on my 1800, switching the surround and surround back connections. Mission accomplished. Of course, now I'll have to use my Oppo only as a CD/HDCD/SACD/DVD-Audio player. I'll also return the 4310 that I never took out of the box and save a lot of money. I guess I'll hang on to my 1800 for a while, until the new 7.2, 3D receivers work out the kinks and come down in price.
Well, I found the first drawback to my solution. When I play HDCDs, the Oppo now decodes them, but I can't apply any of the 1800's processing, such as PLIIx Music. So now all my CDs and HDCDs played on the Oppo will be strictly stereo. I know a lot of purists prefer that, but I like the surround effect for music.
I also noticed that the Signal Info function on the 1800 reveals only that the signal is analog. I played several DVD-A discs, some encoded in DTS 5.1, some in DD 5.1, and some in Quad. Most of them sounded very good, but others seemed a little flat. To be honest, I can't remember whether they sounded the same when I had the Oppo connected via HDMI. I also played several SACDs that sounded good. I'm starting to wonder, though, if I somehow took a step back in Multi-channel music SQ by connecting the Oppo via the multi-channel analog inputs. Am I missing something here?