Originally Posted by vancouver
I asked the same question a couple weeks back and the answer I got was something along the lines of "its better, but not ground braking"
I did the test.
This it is a personal perception.
83 is superior in both. I did test both DSD and PCM with 980 and 83 with a Yamaha RX-V861 receiver which support DSD/PCM and a set of Polk speakers.
PCM is very similiar, marginal better in 83.
In 980 and 83 the DSD sound is superior to the PCM. There are more details. In "The carpenters SACD" the Karen voice pitch is more natural.
I like more the DSD sound in 83 than 980. I don´t know why there are difference in DSD, because it is a digital stream.
But there are more details in 83 than 980. For example "Dark size of the moon SACD", "Good bye yellow brick road SACD"
Using the multichannel analog output, there is a big difference in 83 in front 980. The bass is depth, the sound is really clear.
Also the 83 is a little bit superior in analog multichannel than Yamaha S1700 (this Yamaha did not support PCM/DSD for SACD).
Remember that the 980 has a bug "POP peak", when in DSD we change the media to another kind (CD,DVD-A,DVD-V). It is why I usually use the 980 in PCM mode for SACD.
In the DVD-A area the sound very similiar in both players and SACD is better than DVD-A in both players.