Read this first:
IMHO spending a few minutes to read the next few posts here would save you hours and hours :-) of frustration later. The Casablanca could be quite confusing until you figure out its behavior. For me the key to know is this: there are 3 brains
in the Casablanca :-), each brain has its own setting and specific behavior
and may be quite different from the other brains in how it handles a signal (why it could be so confusing).
(Modern): For CD/SACD Stereo, and Bluray Disc with **lossless** Dolby TrueHD and DTS MA.
(Classic): For Old DVD and Cable Box with **lossy** Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 and 5.1.
(Dummy): For SACD 3 and 5.1, aka Multi-Channel LPCM. Dummy because it does no processing - native mode only.
I know it seems confusing at first but I would recommend to read and ponder the above paragraphs for a few minutes before moving on to the setting up part below. IMHO it is THE absolute key to a happy owner experience. Anyway, here is how to access each of the 3 brains and what they do:
Brain 1: Will play native or upmix to 5.1 or 7.1, Settting is accessed by: "Setup", Button "1" (Input), then "5", then arrow buttons to toggle.
Brain 2: Will play native or upmix to 5.1 or 7.1, Settting is accessed by: "Setup", Button "1" (Input), "A-D" (To get to page 2), "2" to access the menu of Dolby Digital, then set the modes (see pic below in post #3
Brain 3: Do not upmix anything. Always native.
First up is Brain #1
, the "modern" brain :-): This would involve the Default Mode setting, how Casablanca will process a signals from Blu-ray Disc 5.1 and 7.1, or CD or SACD Stereo
For stereo material such as BD, SACD, DVD-A the "Default Mode"
setting is probably the most important setting
in Casablanca. Understand this or your life will fall apart, like mine almost did :-) (no kidding!). To start, I would suggest setting up 3 basic inputs, each with a different default mode:
Default Stereo to play 2.0 Stereo music as is - set the mode to Stereo, set speakers as 5.1 (every speaker turned on, except the side speakers).
Default PLIIx Movie (PL2MV) to play 5.1 materials - set the mode to PL2MV - set speakers as 5.1 (every speaker on, except side)
Default PLIIx Movie (PL2MV) - set the mode to PL2MV - set speakers as 7.1 (every speaker on, *including* the side speakers - see post #5
below for the 2 places you need to go to turn on side speakers).
Default Mode Stereo is simple enough and works as expected, but there are a few idiosyncrasies you need to know about the multi-channel Default Mode PL2MV/PL2MU. When an input is set to PL2MV, it will do the followings:
Will not upmix SACD 3.0 or 5.1 to 7.1
Will upmix anything with 2 channels to 5.1 or 7.1
Will upmix Dolby/DTS 5.1 to 7.1 in 7.1 system
These idiosyncrasies confuse MANY owners and are the main reason why I think the mode setting needs to be updated, especially as the situation is going to be even more complex when 3D Audio is added. There should be a toggle between "Native"
(play anything you put in in as-is/native mode, whether Stereo, Dolby TrueHD, etc.) and "Processed"
(for example PLIIx Movie 7.1).