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Lets not compare apples to oranges here, or act like since the Oppo and Sony and Panasonic are bit-identical that they're the same player. For example, the Oppo offers:
- Source Direct (for use with a scaler)
- All color spaces, including RAW versions of 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, and PC Video
- Stretch modes for anamorphic lenses
- Subtitle shifts for anamorphic setups
- Better support typically for obscure cadences, bad edits, etc...
For a normal 1080p Blu-ray on a 16:9 1080p display, you'd see the same from both and not use those features. However if you need those features, it's worth it.
Analog audio is completely and totally different. Unlike HDMI, where you have error correction and packets of data, you have an analog waveform that is going to come out different than it started from every single capacitor, transistor, relay, and cable that it goes over. They might be small changes, they might be large changes, but they're all changes as it's completely different. Don't compare that to HDMI, as they're not related, at all.