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Well, I took the plunge and took ownership of a Denon 2910 today (to replace my Pioneer Elite DV-38A).


Coupl'a questions:


1) Why do they have "speaker configuration" on a DVD player? My Denon 3805 has all that, and i've been through the Auto Setup with the 3805, so why have more futzing with the speakers using a DVD player?


2) If I want the unmodified sound off the DVD passed to my 3805, can I turn on SOURCE DIRECT? Doesn't that bypass the speaker settings?


3) Is there a way to turn off audio from passing throught the HDMI interface? I have the 2910 connected via HDMI to my screen, but I want audio only going to my reciever. As it is, if I mute my receiver, there is still sound coming out of the TV.


4) I'm using a Rear Projection LCD. Is there a real difference between HDMI (RGB) and HDMI (Component)? I switched back and forth between the two, and maybe (very slightly) the RGB looked better.


5) Upscaling. My screen has 768 lines, so i've tried 720p and 1080i. Very close call. I can't really tell the difference on this screen. Since it doesn't have 1080 lines, I think my screen would DOWNSCALE to 768 lines, right?


6) I sense that the surround effects are slightly diminished compared to my Pioneer DV-38A. Maybe it's all in my head. I haven't touched the speaker config in the 3805 after changing out the Pioneer, but it just seems the 2910 doesn't have the same WOW affect on the surround.

I'm running the 2910 just like I was the 38A, through the optical out.


FWIW, my 2910 has little luck playing DVD-R's that played fine on my Pioneer. This could be a major issue. The owners manual says the 2910 can use DVD-R...


That's all!


Thanks.
 

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For your point 6), you really need to do a speaker spl calibration every time you switch players or receivers. I think your 3805 does all of that for you (auto-eq). With my H/K & Denon combo, I use an SPL meter and DVE. Anyway, this must be done!
 

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1. Because not everybody has a receiver that does speaker configuration (I don't).

3. Just manually turn down the volume on your TV to zero when listening through your receiver.
 

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For your point 6), you really need to do a speaker spl calibration every time you switch players or receivers. I think your 3805 does all of that for you (auto-eq). With my H/K & Denon combo, I use an SPL meter and DVE. Anyway, this must be done!
Interestingly, the 2910 DVD has test tones for speaker level setting. What is weird, is that when it is automatically cycling through all the channels, no test tones are coming out of the speakers. I have an older copy of Video Essentials...I can play that and I have a RS SPL meter...
 

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1. Because not everybody has a receiver that does speaker configuration (I don't).

3. Just manually turn down the volume on your TV to zero when listening through your receiver.
I haven't seen a surround sound receiver that didn't have some sort of speaker config/sound level screen. Any receiver worth it's weight would have a method of calibrating the speakers for proper surround levels. At least test tones. What model of receiver do you have? (Plus, anyone spending $700 on a dvd player most likely has a higher-end receiver with such functions!).


I think with the 2910 set to SOURCE DIRECT, I bypass all the speaker / level stuff, and the pure soundtrack info is fed to the receiver, which has been calibrated correctly for proper speaker levels, delays, etc.


Manually turn down the TV? That would mean I have to remember to do that! :p
 

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I haven't seen a surround sound receiver that didn't have some sort of speaker config/sound level screen. Any receiver worth it's weight would have a method of calibrating the speakers for proper surround levels. At least test tones. What model of receiver do you have? (Plus, anyone spending $700 on a dvd player most likely has a higher-end receiver with such functions!). :p
Not everyone has a surround sound system. I have an outstanding 2-channel stereo system (bought for music, not movies), which includes a 2-channel Rotel preamp and power amp with no digital inputs or speaker configuration (not needed for 2-channel). I went this way since I spend much more time critically listening to CDs than watching movies.
 

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Not everyone has a surround sound system. I have an outstanding 2-channel stereo system (bought for music, not movies), which includes a 2-channel Rotel preamp and power amp with no digital inputs or speaker configuration (not needed for 2-channel). I went this way since I spend much more time critically listening to CDs than watching movies.
I certainly understand, but it would seem odd to incorporate a feature like speaker configuration for the fraction of a percent of the buying public that would purchase this, a mid-high end DVD player, to listen to music through their 2 channel receiver.


Not to mention, if you only have 2 channels, what is there to calibrate?:confused:


In any case, in fiddling with the audio setup options, i've set the HDMI output to "MULTICHANNEL", even though it plugs into my TV, and now the speaker configuration option is GONE in the setup, so I presume I am passing pure, unadulterated audio to the digital outputs.


Plus, since i've done that, the surrounds sound much better.


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If you send the audio from the 2910 to your AV receiver via a digital audio cable, then you should set your tv audio to 'mute'. And I think all the auido settings of the 2910 are then by-passed (in favor of those on the AV receiver).
 
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