Originally Posted by vc69
I suspect I am in a very small niche group of folks who use the player in a configuration where it is connected to both an AVR and a 2ch preamp simultaneously. I only use one or the other though. Never both at the same time. I do think it would be nice to have the display available during 2ch analog playback, but that is by no means important to me.
I would think that our niche is not small at all (a big niche?
); anyone who has a good stereo preamp would likely want to hear their 2 channel SACD, DVD-A and Blu-Ray audio via their better preamp than their jack-of-all-trades surround processor/receiver.
I ordered my Oppo and will test it as I stated earlier. But....to reiterate, the Oppo CS guy told me that once a receiver/processor/AVR was off/standby, then no handshake would be attempted and no DSD->PCM conversion would take place. Also, of course, if a DSD-capable AVR was on, then DSD would be stabilized as well. This says my 83 -> HDMI 1.3 -> DSD-capable- Denon 3808 should provide DSD 2 channel analog in either case. I'll see once Amazon's UPS delivery arrives.
......hmmmm...gets me thinking, could some folks DSD -> PCM conversion be a result of older HDMI cables being bandwidth limited (i.e not 1.3 capable) and not supplying a DSD handshake?
Yes, Bob, the Oppo cannot simultaneously do DSD via analog and PCM via HDMI..one or the other only. So the HDMI audio off scenario should theoretically work. :confused
And yes, i can definitely hear the difference between glorious DSD and the otherwise fine PCM. On pure DSD recordings especially, the air around instruments, the dynamics, the microdetail and harmonics...the live feel...all better with no conversion. This is not to say that 24/192 or 24/176 PCM via DVD-Audio does not also sound great....it's the conversion from DSD to PCM where I hear the loss of fidelity....at least on my Modwright Denon 3910. Same was true for mch mixes on either the 3910 or my older Oppo 980 (which didn't send pure DSD to analog so that comparo is moot).