Originally Posted by ellisr63
When you use the Oppo for playing your media off of a NAS...
1: What are the graphics like?
2: Can they be displayed on a Android Tablet, and controlled via the same device?
3: Does it show you the cover and info in a catalog type graphic (like Kodi or Plex)?
I don't know about playing off a NAS as I only play music files (FLAC and DSF) from a USB-connected local hard drive (I'm using a 4 terabyte on one rear USB port and the WiFi adapter on the other rear USB port) or flash drive (I use the front USB port for that), but I'm assuming they are largely the same as used for navigating these types of drives.
I'm not familiar with Kodi or Plex. However, when playing music, you get a graphic of what looks like a close-up of a tone arm and cartridge playing a record album on a turntable, done in shades of blue and black. I know of no way to change this to another graphic. Laid over this on the right is text information about the file being played. It's basically a subset of ID3 tags from the file (album title, song title, artist, etc.). A number of fields (such as Comments) and other information (bit rate, sampling frequency, word size, file format, etc.) are not
displayed (though I've suggested to Oppo that they optionally be shown as well). If the file has a "cover image" properly embedded, that is displayed on the left and in full color with no obvious border added and no other effects (like a flipped image below it to look like a reflection, as iTunes used to do). I haven't tried to measure the size of the graphic for the "cover image". I'm guessing it's around 500 to 700 pixels on a side. I embed 1000x1000 pixel "cover images" in my audio files and it obviously scales them down. I haven't tried any lower resolution images to see if it also scales them up.
These graphics are NOT displayed on an Android or Apple tablet. Oppo makes apps for both Android and iPads that allow you to navigate through your attached drive(s) and select music to play (which is MUCH nicer and faster than navigating a large collection using just the Oppo remote control) and to act as a replacement for the remote control. With it, you can turn the attached HDTV off if you want and control what is playing via the tablet. I like this as I have a plasma TV and playing non-moving, fairly bright white text against a fairly dark background gives me some pretty string image retention when I go to play video. I find myself using the "pixel flipper" chapter in the Disney World of Wonder (WOW) disc after playing music for any length of time without turning the TV off. I, for one, wish that Oppo offered a few, animated options for music playback, much like the "visualization" options for iTunes or WinAmp (for Windows). They are mildly entertaining and would prevent the image retention issue I have. I've suggested it to Oppo but no luck so far.
When playing FLAC files (I use 16-bit and 24-bit with 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 & 192 kHz sampling frequencies with 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 5.1 channels), you have the option
of playing "gaplessly", which I strongly
prefer as I have a lot of live albums (rock, jazz and classical) and a number of "concept" albums where the songs are meant to run together. However, you have to go through a few steps to enable this and you have to do those steps each time. You can't just set the unit to default to gapless playback (I've suggested that to Oppo as well). They do not yet (as of the current firmware, anyway) support gapless playback of DSF files. I would really like to see that as well. I'm really trying to get away from using discs altogether and have been converting my CD and DVD Audio collection to FLAC files and my SACD collection to DSF files but I do dislike having gaps (even very short ones) between songs on albums mean to flow continuously. Needless to say, I've suggested that to Oppo as well.
I don't want to give the idea that people's suggestions fall on deaf ears at Oppo. They seem pretty responsive to more serious issues, like instances where given file types with certain characteristics fail to play. They just haven't prioritized my particular (and perhaps peculiar) requests.