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[quote=WestCoastD;19945642]thanks, precisely how I feel. And your right, the Denon [is] more refined and natural sounding. But I really want to just get the BDP-95 and hear, or prove it, for myself, I'm very curious to compare 2ch analog OUT.
WestCoastD, I have been trying to decide on the BDP-95, as you. Lately I have doing more critical listening with my 83SE, and Denon AVR-2808. Since I purchased my 83SE about a year and a half ago, I have been using Analog 2CH, analog passthrough on the AVR, and MCH EXT IN on the AVR. My Denon has BB DSD1608 DAC's, the Denon DVD-3930 uses BB PCM1796 DAC's, the Denon DVD-5910 uses BB PCM1792 DAC's the better of the three that I noted. What I am finding with SACD/DVD-A, is that it sounds "more refined and natural sounding" letting the Denon DAC's do the SACD decoding via HDMI. I could not believe the difference with the Denon. I have forced my wife to listen as well, and she says no doubt, the Denon sounds noticably better. The DAC's my Denon AVR uses are lower quality by quite some than the DVD-3930 or DVD-5910, so I can't imagine how much better your setup can sound. I am looking at purchasing a 5910 or 3930, and selling my 83SE, purchase an OPPO 93 just for BluRay. I have a AudioLab 8200CD on the way, that uses the same ESS DAC's as the 95. I will give that a go before I purchase a Denon. Another thought would be to purchase a Denon AVR with the 1796 or 1792 DAC's, possibly just go all HDMI. I do agree with some that the OPPO's may be a little too analytical versus natural sounding.
I have be A/B'ing with Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms" SACD, 20th Aniversary Edition. Particuarly like Track 7, "The Man's Too Strong", but I'll admit is is an outstanding SACD.