older yamaha (rx-v471) "straight" vs "direct" sound/balance issues
i have an older yamaha receiver that i use for home audio, too.
i used to use it (for 2ch stereo) in straight mode, and it seemed fine.
recently i upgraded speakers and got a new dac, and i'm puzzled by the difference between the two. my assumption was that the straight mode bypassed all the internal dsp (naive, i know).
but what i was surprised to hear was that the actual balance changed. the entire spatial quality in the direct mode is much wider than the straight mode.
luckily the new speakers i got can handle a good amount of bass, but i'd still like to use the sub to take some of the load off the bookshelves.
straight mode (on this receiver) is supposed to be the least effected by the internal dsp. is there another mode i am overlooking?