So I'm listening to music today and I'm thinking to myself, "I'm just not getting any effect out of music today. It's not making me happy. It's not pleasing like it usually is." I just assume I'm not in a listening mood. (Which rarely if ever happens)
Then I realize that my Marantz receiver is in "Stereo" mode. I switch it to "Source Direct" and a smile jumps onto my face. The sound stage opens up and the music is very realistic and convincing again.
So my questions is: What is the difference between these two modes. What does "Source Direct" do that makes is sound SO SO much better. (Or the opposite question: What does "Stereo" do that kills the music?) I know "Source Direct" bypasses any equalization but even in "Stereo" the equalizer is flat. So what's the cause of the difference in sound?