I posted this in the OPPO 203 owners thread and I am sure there are 203 owners who also own Crowsons, so I am going to post here as well. Hopefully someone will have the answer to my question.
Need help with OPPO settings.
So, I went ahead and picked up a 203 even though I already own the Panasonic 900 which, from a PQ perspective, I was totally satisfied. I decided to buy the 203 for some of the features the Pana does not have, and probably never will; the DV upgrade, built-in strip meta-data and simultaneously active analog and HDMI outs. As I run Crowson Transducers in my system, the active analog outs are very critical for a number of reasons:
1) Independent volume control of the Crowsons
2) Preserving an unprocessed signal (without filters and cuts that are imposed by whatever room correction software in the AVR).
3) The ability to set an appropriate amount of delay in the Player so that the Crowsons are seamlessly blended with the Subs.
Ideally, one would want to slightly delay the signal to the transducers using the controls in the player, (via the analog sub-woofer output in the Blu ray player), so that the speakers fire a split second before the Subs and the Crowsons. In order to produce this delay, I typically set the speakers to around 20 ft and the sub-woofer to 0 ft (in the player). If the delay is off by even a small amount, it could make the Transducers feel unnatural and gimmicky. But when they are properly aligned with rest of the system they produce a profoundly impactful experience.
And this brings me to my point: It seems that the audio processing section in the 203 only applies when using a full 7.1 analog out connection. Since I am only using the analog sub-woofer out and not the full 7.1 outs, I am unable to apply the necessary delays (setting speakers to 20 ft) to blend the Crowsons.
Can anyone tell me how I can apply the necessary delays in the player while using the HDMI outs plus the analog sub-woofer out?
I should add that I also have two older blu ray players with analog outs, which allow for setting speaker distance/delays while using the HDMI out plus the sub-woofer analog output, so I imagine it should also be possible in the 203.
Sorry for the long-winded rant.