The best universal remotes I've used have been learning remotes (that's actually why I have the remote files
link in my sig), but it would certainly be convenient for folks to order a more robust remote at the same time they order their processor. The DVI/HDMI issue is a tricky one for manufacturers - Outlaw's choice of DVI has strengths and weaknesses.
On the 990 (based on this chart
), the "LFE" setting actually gets the LFE track and the redirected bass from small speakers. The "L/R+Sub" setting gets the LFE track, redirected bass from the small speakers, and a copy of redirected bass from the mains (based on the crossover setting) while still sending the large mains a full range signal. I think that the 970 is doing the exact same thing, although it would be good to get confirmation from Outlaw or a 970 owner with some test tones.
My reasoning is that if the unit was set up to redirect the small speaker bass to the mains in "LFE" mode, the small speaker bass would either have to be steered differently in "L/R+Sub" mode or it would end up going through two crossovers (one at the small speakers and another at the large mains for the "L/R" signal being sent to the sub) - always sending the small speaker bass to the sub would simplify the signal path for the "L/R+Sub" mode. Plus, of course, the fact that it matches what the 990 does...