Originally Posted by Dickeymint
Sorry for the lack of knowledge but i have been wanting to buy a dedicated BD player for over a year but could not make up my mind. I finally rounded it down to the Oppo 93 but have held fire due to the imminent release of the 103 in Europe. I have a preorder which i'm told stock may arrive next week!
There is a lot of talk with regards the lack of Dolby TrueHD, can you advise this is only when connecting to the input HDMI ports. Will the Oppo play a normal bluray from disk with Dolby TrueHD.
I chose the Oppo due to the superior picture quality and sound for use as primarily a BD player and upscaler connected to a Pioneer LX51 receiver. Another question... sorry... should i have the oppo decode the audio or the receiver ??
Confused as tech moves on so quickly !
Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA Bitstream formats are FULLY supported for shiny disc playback. There is nothing to worry about in this regard if you are using the player to play commercial movie discs.
Now, the OPPO 103 and 105 *ALSO* have what I suspect is the unique feature of offering HDMI *INPUTS*. I.e., you can hook up some OTHER device's HDMI Output to the OPPO players and play stuff THROUGH the OPPO players as if it was kind of a mini-Receiver.
For those HDMI *INPUTS*, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA Bitstreams are not supported. However if the Source device you have connected to those inputs is capable of doing its own decoding of those Bitstreams into high-bit rate, multi-channel, LPCM digital audio, then that high bit-rate LPCM *IS* supported on the HDMI Inputs.
The OPPO 103/105 also support playing media files from attached hard drives and over your house network in various ways. Support for TrueHD and DTS-HD MA varies according to the file format you are using and the method of attachment. This is a complicated subject, so read through this thread and ALSO read through the FAQ linked at the top of the first post of this thread to get some background on this.
But again, all of that is separate from playing shiny discs. Your Blu-ray discs with TrueHD or DTS-HD MA will play just fine, either with decoding in the OPPO itself, or when sending Bitstream output to your AVR for decoding in the AVR.