Originally Posted by batpig
bconde -- so I take it the answer is "YES" that you have amp assign set to 2CH?
again, just to be clear, the function of this amp assign mode is when you have a SECONDARY set of speakers dedicated to 2 channel audio, i.e., one complete 5.1 setup, and then a SEPARATE pair of speakers that you use for 2ch listening. This mode allows the receiver to automatically toggle between the primary multichannel setup (5.1) and the secondary pair of 2ch dedicated speakers.
as JD noted, examine the diagram more closely. Note that in multich mode the arrow points left to the 5.1 setup, and there is a second pair of L/R spekaers up front which are grayed out. When in Direct/Stereo mode, it switches to the setup on the right, with the 5.1 setup grayed out and the secondary L/R speaker pair active. You can use the dedicated 2CH DIRECT/STEREO menu to engage a separate bass management for 2ch mode (Custom), so, for example, you could have all speakers crossed over at 100Hz for multichannel mode (if your 5.1 setup is a smaller sub/sat setup) and then run the 2ch speakers at 60Hz for stereo music listening (if your secondary music speakers are larger).
the point of this amp assign setting is to allow you to toggle to your secondary speakers automatically when you engage a 2ch listening mode, i.e., "without changing the speaker connections". However, I assume that you do NOT have a secondary pair of speakers, thus, in this mode, when you engage Direct/Stereo mode, the receiver toggles to a nonexistant pair of speakers, and therefore you hear silence (except for the sub).
does that make more sense?
Yes, what you have replied does make sense. I did note what you have mentioned concerning the diagram. However, the confusing part is the FR and FL entries in the table on page 58. If, as stated, this is supposed to work "without changing the speaker connections," then R and L should have been used in the table. There is no mention a second set of speakers in the text. Even clearer would have been the use of FR(A)/FL(A) for the multi-channel speakers and FR(B)/FL(B) for the stereo speakers.
As far as the practical aspect of using a second set of speakers is concerned, I do not have the space in my media room to get the desired stereo and multi-channel imaging with this type of setup. I realize that some audiophiles feel that using a separate subwoofer is not ideal for music listening. However, these people are usually able to have a separate listening environment for music.
My preference has been to use a separate two channel hybrid (tube/solid state) stereo amplifier connected to my full-range front speakers for my music listening with smaller (restricted LF) speakers for my surround and center speakers in my multi-channel setup. Audyssey does a great job in configuring this setup.
I have been trying to compare the sound of using my OPPO player's analog stereo output thru a separate preamp/power amp to using the Denon to decode the digital output from the OPPO. I finally gave up and decided to send my BDP-83 off to OPPO for an SE upgrade. So...I guess I'll never know how the Denon compares.
Thank you guys for your kind assistance. I am sure what you told me will work. Nevertheless, I will let you know tomorrow.