Originally Posted by exm
I read a few reviews and comparisons and I can't really see a reason to upgrade. Normally I *LOVE* to upgrade but there's nothing I can see. Am I missing something?
Can't understand why (for me) THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE of the 103 continues to go unmentioned, until I mention it...
Two external HDMI inputs, for feeding your cable/satellite HDTV service through the 103. This provides all of the Oppo's video cleaning and processing and upconverting capabilities, applied to the "native" (i.e. untouched by the DVR/STB, but delivered exactly as-is in original 720p/1080i format) 720p/1080i output of your DVR/STB, and then upconverted to gorgeous clean beautiful 1080p for delivery to your HDTV.
Cable and satellite never looked so good, as when routed from DVR/STB through the 103 and then on to the AVR (or direct to the HDTV from HDMI-1 output, with audio to the AVR from HDMI-2 output).
This also allows for decoding the digital audio from HDTV to LPCM for feeding out via HDMI to an external sound system (e.g. headphone processor, like Smyth Realiser
) that accepts discrete multi-channel digital audio via LPCM/HDMI input. There's no other way to get decoded discrete multi-channel digital audio via LPCM/HDMI (if you should need it) than this, as DVR/STB only deliver still-encoded digital audio via HDMI, requiring audio decoding ability in the receiving device (which the Smyth Realiser does not have). This allows all digital audio decoding (for all lossy and lossless formats, from HDTV as well as BluRay discs as well as streaming sources like Netflix) to take place in the Oppo, feeding the decoded discrete multi-channel LPCM output over HDMI to a target audio device that does not support its own decoding for these audio formats but does accept decoded LPCM over HDMI input.
The Oppo 103/105 players are the only ones that have external HDMI inputs.
Reason enough (for me) to upgrade my 93 for my primary viewing/listening location (where I have a Smyth Realiser and Panny 65VT50), which I did last year. HDTV picture never looked so good nor sounded so good through my headphones.
My 93 is re-purposed to secondary location in the house.