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Originally Posted by gbaby
The Sony BDP-S5000ES is such an underrated product that its a shame that no one has evaluated it properly except What Hi Fi, and you still cannot find the entire review they did to this day. I recently purchased the Oppo BDP-95 in order to replace my BDP-S5000ES because it did not have SACD capabilities and I wanted to have SACD as well as True Dolby HD, and DTS-MA through their analog outs. My Arcam HDMI does not play sound through HDMI so having only 1 set of 7.1 inputs I wanted a blu-ray that played all formats which is the reason for purchasing the Oppo BDP-95. While the Oppo BDP-95 was an excellent blu-ray player that is exremely well engineered, its analog outs simply does not come even close to the sound of the analog outs of the Sony BDP-S5000ES for regular DD, DTS and True Dolby HD and DTS-MA. In fact the S5000ES sounds better than my Arcam AV9 on legacy DD and DTS. There is a clarity and dynamic impact on the Sony that the Oppo simply cannot duplicate and it was immediately noticable when I substituted it for the Sony. I have since returned the Oppo, but I have to say that Oppo is a great company, and overall, it is a much better blu-ray player in every respect except for analog sound. So impressed was I with the S5000ES, that I have since purchased another one for my bed room system from The Sound Seller at a ridiculously low price. I think the S5000Es is better suited for high end separates rather than receivers as its sounds competes with separates. If you are in the need to receive DTS-MA and Dolby Digital HD through the analog inputs of your receiver or precessor, I would strongly recommend the purchase of the S5000ES from the Sound Seller before its inventory is depleted as Sony will never make a high end product of this caliber. This unit did not sell but you have to blame Sony because it was never properly marketed, and on top of that, all of the major American publications, never reviewed it properly and never concentrated on its analog outs which is the biggest selling point for this product.
That is a pretty good price over at the The Sound Seller.
Also, what do you mean by the 5000 was not properly reviewed? Last, you forgot to preference your comments by "in my setup".
Basement: Oppo BDP-105D, Denon DVD-5910CI, Arcam FMJ BDP300
Master Bedroom: Sony BDP-S790
Family Room: Oppo BDP-93, Pioneer BDP-320
Breakfast Area: Pioneer BDP-320
Office: Pioneer BDP-320, Cambridge 640C V2
Revel F208 (pair), C208