I've been experimenting with the free 96/24 five track, 25 minute demo download at HDtracks, since I found out that I could use a standard DVD burner and freeware from SourceForge to make:
96/24 stereo standard DVDs - no DVD-A player needed! Yes, it's part of the spec for standard DVD-Video. I'm going to pay more attention to the "Stereo PCM" option on concert DVDs in the future. If you have a Windows or linux machine, a freebie there called "lplex" makes it very simple - drag a 96/24 or 48/24 FLAC or WAV file (or folder of them) onto the icon for lplex and it pops up a command window where you can watch it create an ISO file that you can then burn to a DVD with Nero or any other ISO burning software
DVD-A disks at not just 96/24 but also 88.2/24 and 192/24 - which are not part of the DVD-V spec - with DVD Audio Tools, also free, but a trickier process.
What I found when I made a pair of identical DVD-V 96/24 disks and played them in sync, switching between my two disk players in my theater, is what leads me to this question.
I found that the rendition of the disk through my Panasonic BD50 - the first Blu-ray player to decode DTS MA as well as Dolby TrueHD and feed them out through 5.1 analog jacks - while good, was subtly outclassed by the rendition through my old Denon 2910, a "universal" DVD/DVD-A/SACD/HDCD player hooked up the same way.
[Both disk players use the analog multichannel jacks on my pre-HDMI Yamaha RX-V457. I use a mechanical Phillips switchbox (electronics-free) to let the two players share the same input jacks.
For speakers I use Paradigm Studio 40s for FR/L, the center is the Paradigm CC (which looks just like the 40), and my surrounds, hung from the ceiling on either side of the listening position, are a pair of Studio 20s. The bottom octave of the surround channels is steered to my sub, a Paradigm PDR-10.]
I had noticed the same aural difference with standard CDs when I first got the Panny BD50: the Denon's sound is subtly warmer and deeper, meaning that it sounds like it has more layers.
So, after that extended warm-up, here's my question:
While I'm in no position to buy either of them in the foreseeable future, and I know that Oppo's BDP-95 is supposed to be the cat's pajamas, would the BDP-93, connected analog, represent a similar step-up in warmth and richness over the BD50 for Blu-ray disks that that the Denon 2910 provides for CDs and 96/24 DVD-Vs?
One thing slowing me down on this - aside from money - is that according to a site in Denmark called DVD-Basen (which has tech specs on most Blu-rays), most are mastered at 48/16! A few are at 48/24, and even fewer are at 96/24.
Just the same, my BD50 sounds great on Blu-ray music. Just wondering if the BDP-93 would turn that up to 11 - and let me move the 2910 to my living room system.