Originally Posted by Herman8or
Hey all, I'm new to OPPO but will getting one for my 53rd birthday on June 2nd. Though I'm still undecided on the 103 vs 103D, my questions are as follows.
Note that you may want to post in the actual player threads - this thread was intended for anticipating the release of the players.
1. I have a new ZT60 and a Kuro 150fd.. Can I run dual Plasmas with the OPPO? Will it send both audio and video to them or should I use one of the Plasmas only?
If you only care about getting stereo audio and using the TV's built in speakers you can do this. But if either or both systems have an AVR and a full 5.1 or 7.1 complement of speakers, you would probably be better using it on just 1 of the TV's.
2. I have direct TV and have read in the forum that the Sat Box can be run through the OPPO for much improved performance of HD & standard tv content. Is this true? What are the pros and cons?
There has been a lot of discussion of this in those player threads I mentioned above. If you can set the DirecTV box up to output native resolution, there would be some benefit to running it through the Oppo as the Oppo will do a better job of doing any deinterlacing and scaling. The downside to this is that the Oppo has to be turned on and set to the appropriate input any time you want to watch DirecTV, so it may complicate your system usage unless you're using a programmable remote that can handle the extra steps for you.
3. My AVR is an older Denon 2808ci with just 2 HDMI inputs & 1 out. Any thoughts on how best to run this with the OPPO and my Definitive Tech Sub, Center, and surrounds?
This actually helps provide a better answer to question 1 - given this, I would recommend using the Oppo only on one of your TV's. If you care about 3D and decide to use the Oppo with the ZT60, send HDM1 out from the Oppo directly to an input on your TV and HDMI2 out from the Oppo to one of the HDMI inputs on your AVR. The Kuro doesn't do 3D, so if that's the TV you use the Oppo with, just send HDMI to your receiver and the the receiver's HDMI output to your TV.
Finally, I've seen this question asked and debated, but if I go with the 103-Darbee, can't Darbee simply be turned off so that you are using just a 103? If everything else is exactly the same, and upscaling is the same in both units, aren't you simply getting the Darbee for an extra $100.00 if you decide you like it and wish to use it?
The 2 models are NOT exactly the same other than including Darbee in the Darbee edition. The non-Darbee edition has a Marvel QDEO video processing chip for tasks such as noise reduction and scaling to 4K - in this case there's always a small amount of noise reduction on HDMI1 that can't be disabled. The Darbee edition replaces the Marvel QDEO with a VRS video processing chip for similar tasks - in this case, all video processing in the VRS and Darbee can be completely disabled, if desired.