I finally made the plunge and bought a Denon DVD-1600 dvd player so that I could see what the fuss was about concerning DVD-Audio. It was a tough choice, but I din't want to shell out $1000 for the Pioneer Elite model that plays both DVD-Audio and SACD. I already have a Denon AVR-3802 and have been mighty happy with all of my Denon products.
I believe I have everything hooked up properly but wanted to double check with you guys. I bought Monster cable interconnects and hooked the Front L/R, Center, Sub, Surround R/L on the DVD player to my "Ext. In" inputs on the back of my receiver. When I play a DVD audio disk, I select "dvd" on the reciever and then hit the external input button. This seems to override everything else and nothing appears on the receiver such as "Dolby Digital 6.1" or anything else. I know that dvd-audio operates in the analog realm so that Dolby Digital is not used. As it seems the receiver is not "processing" the channels, I assume that the DVD player is processing the DVD-audio material and the reciever is just amplifying the separate channel signals.
My main question concerns the whole issue of bass management and DVD-audio. I bought the Denon because it has on-board bass management, which made sense to me when I was making the purchase, but not now that I own it and have had time to experiment, I'm confused. When I pulled up the menu on my Denon DVD player, it has a typical speaker adjustment layout (just like that on an AV receiver) where you can set the speaker setting as large or small and increase and decrease the level. However, when running the speaker test phase, it skips over the subwoofer completely. (Remeber, this is on the DVD menu, not the reveiver) Is this right? I read in my receiver's manual that the "ext in" input for the subwoofer is relayed to the subwoofer pre-out. This is where I have my subwoofer hooked up at. If this is the case, why the big deal with bass management, or the lack therof on most dvd players. In my present setup, via my receiver, just as if watching a movie in Dolby Digital, I can increase and decrease all channel levels as well as the subwoofer while listening to DVD-Audio. This being the case, I left the channel levels on the DVD player setup menu flat and do my adjustments via the receiver.
I am impressed with the sound but want to make sure I'm not missing something.
Thanks in advance for your help.