At now ... try to play a Stereo SACD and listen at it first from L&R front of 7.1 and later from the dedicated stereo L&R ... Dedicated Stereo will sound better cause Oppo has made a Stereo analog path and Dacs better than 7.1 outs !
Well from my perspective I'm very happy that the DACs for the R&L stereo outputs are better with the BDP-83SE
. The reason I am is that most of the music I listen to is 2CH stereo.
This is why I wish the Same project adopted in the Stereo Path Applied to the 7.1 outs
Maybe you will get your wish with the BDP-93
As a workaurond, Playing a SACD mch or DTS CD mch, I tried to get the L&R front channels from the Stereo L&R dedicated and better Dac/path outs .... BUT ... NO ... no possible cause from those ... always outs a downmix signal when is playing a multichannel source and ther's no feature to turn downmix in the Stereo outs ON/OFF ....
I would think you would want to use the same signal path and DACs for all 5.1 channels but thats just me
. The question is can you really tell the difference between the DACs for both R&L (R&L Front for MCH) outputs?
So, I auspicate, Oppo will do only 1 Multichannel Analog Path with the 9016 Dacs in quad Stack and all the BSM and downmix features in order to use and DO ALL from the 7.1 outs with the higher and better audiophile quality
Maybe Oppo will do this with the DACs for the BDP-93 but maybe they will save the higher quality DACs for the BDP-95. Of course then the BDP-95 will have a dedicated R&L stereo output so you might be back to square one if the DACs are better than the 7.1 output
. But that would be fine with me though