Originally Posted by Roger Dressler
This is a safe assumption.
There are simple boxes, like the Gefen Digital Audio Decoder (GTV-DD-2-AA), but I suspect it has the same type of decoding you are trying to avoid (no LFE, DRC on).
An expensive receiver is not needed. Something like the Outlaw 975 will work ($500 from B-stock) as I have confirmed it in that case, but there's a very good chance that a lower cost AVR ($200-$250) will also give you the uncompressed stereo output. The problem is this capability is not described in any product info or manual. The only way to know for sure would be to try it. Could be done at an in-store demo with a set of headphones and some familiar material or a test disc (Like a DVD with THX Optimizer). If you can hear the LFE channel, the downmix is after the DD decoder. Then play a movie with DRC on/off (midnight mode) and confirm it changes the sound.
I am back to this forum after a long period without video, with just 2CH audio.
I have just added 870 Sony laser projector for my bi 2-channel system.
The 2ch system uses 30Hz 105dB bass horns.
This system makes good low bass but without dedicated subwoofer channel. It it made only for a pure 2-channel source, with a single spdif 192/24 input signal. Optimised for music and now also doing for video.
Currently I am using the coax output of my Zappiti Audiocom player in pcm 2ch mode. A film like Appolo13 shows poor low bass compared to what it should have.
I tried reading the same film with Jrivier installed in a computer decoding the video, still with 2-ch downmix and now the sub bass is very good.
It means that LFE subwoofer channel is ignored in the Zappiti downmix, but that Jriver includes it in their downmix.
I would prefer to keep the Zappiti for the video quality because my computer is not fully HDR compatible.
You recommended outlawaudio.com 975, that was a long time ago.
What other receiver are recommended today?
For my application it needs to downmix to 2ch with LFE, without dynamic compression, and with coax spdif output.