Let's see if we can figure this out. I don't think it was an analog problem with the DTS. The only cables even coming out of the DVD were a set of components that went directly to the TV, and a fiber optic cable. It was a cheap one though, $15 phillips at wally world, maybe that made a difference? Although it never screwed up playing cd's, regular dolby digital, or anything else. I am thinking, although I am far from any sort of expert, that somehow DTS is maybe more demanding on the speakers/crossovers?? None the less, like I stated earlier, the problem moved with the speaker. I moved the "center" channel to the FR output and the FR speaker to the center output, specifically to see if it was the signal or the speaker, and the problem stayed with the speaker and moved to the FR position. If that was the only problem I would have just gotten a new speaker. I did use the supplied mic to set up the surround. There was no problem there except for my limitations on speaker placement. Which obviously isn't SLS's fault.
As for what I have been listening too. I have to be honest. I don't listen to much except movies. I listen to the radio in the car, and own maybe a dozen cd's I have collected over the last decade or so. I've bought more I just have no idea where they are, if that tells you anything about my listening habits. I am definitely not one to look to for musical advice. I did note however that the SLS speakers were much more detailed than any other speaker that I listened to for any extended period of time. For a lot of sounds they made it feel like you were in the room with the instrument. The acoustic guitar for example, you could hear every string being played, reminding me of an old friend that played. The experience made it feel like he was there in the room with me. The air coming out of the sax instead of just a note made it feel like I was next to the player. This is what I mean by detail, not sure if it is the audiophiles definition or not.
The brightness, or lack thereof, was a strange jump for me. As I stated before though, I didn't know if this was supposed to be this way or if the receiver may have had other problems leaving out the higher ranges. Although I never could identify anything "natural" missing. Best way I could describe it is it seemed
when I listened to music the highest cymbols *sp??* were missing. Yet in movies like "The Musketeer" you could clearly hear the swords dragging along each other up to the highest pitches as if you were there.
The main reason I took it back was ultimately because of the receiver, not the speakers, which I don't feel is really SLS's fault. Except maybe they could pair a great set of speakers with a better receiver. The video problems were very annoying. Maybe it had something to do with converting the satellite signal from s-video to component? The sub was lacking what I call punch, I could hear the bass but I couldn't feel it. But what do you expect from an 8? I don't like bloated bass or anything, but I do like to feel a little at volume.
In the end I was left with mixed feelings. I am anxiously looking forward to the next version, maybe drop the DVD player, rebadge a better quality receiver and a little bigger sub? I would definitely give it another go at the same price I paid. Maybe rebadge the Oppo, bring the price up a little and call it the platinum. I would pay an extra 100-150 for it then.
For the record I don't think I am going to go with the Onkyo either.