OK, got the amps in.
Now, I’ve got the Oppo BDP-83 connected to the Bel Canto Pre 6 and I have the front two channels of my Denon 3808 also hooked up to the Pre 6. From there, the Pre 6 is then feeding the signal to two Emotia UPA-1 monoblock amps which then drive my EMP EF30T tower speakers.
I’ve got two issues regarding this set up that I’m hoping someone can explain to me.
First off, when the Pre 6 input is set to the Oppo, I have the volume at 0 (it uses a 0-100 scale and not the -100 to 0 scale that the Denon volume uses) and am still getting a substantial amount of sound out of the speakers. When I press the mute button the volume goes to -20 and I can still hear music.
The second issue involves the sound from the Denon 3808 (sound from internet radio, FLACs off the server, any HDMI inputs, etc.). Since I didn’t get much help determining what the volume of the Denon and Bel Canto should be when using them together, I went ahead and decided to keep the Bel Canto at a set volume and then control the volume of my sources with the Denon 3808. Oddly, this required me to set the Bel Canto volume all the weigh up to 100 to get the front speakers to match levels with the center and surrounds which are still being driven by the Denon.
So basically all this seems really odd to me. Why is my Oppo volume so low and my Denon volume so high? Is this normal? I’d appreciate some help or advice. Thanks.