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    Default 5-Channel Stereo vs Multi Channel Stereo

    I have a Denon 1802 that has 5-Channel Stereo mode. Looking at the new Denons, the 3311 is the cheapest model that has 5-Channel. The lessor models have "Multi Channel" with 5,6, or 7 channel options. What is the difference between the two types? I like my 5-Channel once in awile. Am I loosing anything with the other mode? I was going to get a 2311 but now I think I will go for a 1911 because I don't need the stuff on the 2311.
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    5 or All Channel Stereo is the stereo signal repeated in all the speakers. I imagine the center is matrixed. Multichannel, depending on how many inputs your AVR has is a discrete channel per speaker. It's for analog SACD or DVD A mulitchannel formats and can pass lossless PCM from blu rays when you player can decode. Not similar at all. Multichannel kicks ass and I'd never use All Channel Stereo...mucks up the recording.

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    I have not been able to try SACDs yet as I don't have a player. I just like the room filling sound of the "5-channel" sometimes.
    Is "multi channel" best over HDMI or the analog inputs. The Denon 1911 does not have the 5.1 analog inputs. I might splurge for a higher model if it matters.
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