Originally Posted by gsr
XLR outputs aren't an absolute requirement for everyone on a preamp, nor did the other poster make any claims that the 103 has them.
In all honesty how many of the inputs do you actually use on your Denon AVP? On mine, I'm using all the HDMI inputs, the 7.1 input (for testing the analog outputs on my Oppo BDP-105) and a stereo analog input for my phono preamp. That last one would be a sticking point for me in using the current Oppo's as a preamp replacement, but for a relatively simple system with only a few (digital) sources, quite a few people could theoretically get by without a dedicated surround processor.
Did you check the remote that came your Oppo? There are volume up/down and mute buttons on it.
One could use the USB ports on the Oppo for that if running it in energy efficient mode.
The Denon AVP upgrade included more than just the new version of Audyssey.
While I don't agree with the tone of your post as it's over the board in sarcasm, I too am not a fan of turning a Bluray player into a full blown surround processor as I'd also prefer to keep the 2 boxes separate.
I challenged his assentation in his second post that the Oppo had enough outputs on it after I already stated I didn't think it had enough - that is the only place in my post you'll find sarcasm which was tongue in cheek and not meant to be belittling.
As for how many inputs do I want -
One input for the TV
One input for the BR player (which I admit wouldn't be necessary for someone with an all in one - but I wouldn't want one so I'd still need it).
One input for the HTPC
One input for the phonograph
One input for the gaming console
I have seen the remote thanks - frequently when I'm putting in a BR or walking to the kitchen or to get my phone, I will use the large volume control on my device itself as the remote isn't always handy.
One could use the USB on the Oppo for power provided your power conditioner has usb input for power control - most do not that I've looked at over the years. Although I admit most of the ones I've looked at were Monster and Belkin - the two largest power conditioning companies for HT products that seem ubiquitous in most common HT locations and even some of the more esoteric ones.
Yes, the Denon upgrade did include more than just the new version of Audyssey.
Again I didn't think my post had that much sarcasm, you are welcome to believe what you will. And once you get over the kidding I gave them at the beginning, you'll also be able to read where I stated I wasn't against him having a choice of an all in one box - just that it wouldn't be my ideal solution.