The mode can usually be selected using the menu. The switch selection feature of the Denon players is less of a hassle. There is a "default" mode which the player uses unless you change it using the menu.
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My Musical Fidelity kW SACD did not allow you to select sacd or redbook layers-no menus, no buttons. The default was to read SCAD first (which was a problem for another post). My Esoteric X03SE has an area button on the remote for selecting between 2 channel sacd, multi channel sacd or redbook. My Rotel RDV 1080 (DVDA player) only outputs DVDA through the analogue RCA output jacks - believe that is the only way any of the DVDA players can (if I understood that part of your question). I had an Ayer in my system for a test drive and it was CD/SACD/DVDA and I only have a 2 channel music room and it did play the DVDA disc into two channel, through the analogue outs. I believe it downsampled the multi channels into stereo. Didn't dound too bad but I only have 2 DVDA discs so I didn't spend much time with that.
I have a DV-46AV and in the players menu, you can set the default format to play (SACD 2 ch/SACD Multi/CD) I can't remember exactly what the options are but they are there-Of course the menu is only available via video-not on the display ont eh player-I really wish they had a button on the front for that. I want to use this as 2 channel source, I don't want it hooked up to video. I don't know about the DV-48AV though