Originally Posted by SgtStryker0331
Question about Oppo analog audio, please. It was recommended to me that I re-post my question here, but I apologize if it's misplaced.
My current receiver is about 15 years old (Onkyo TX SR600) and has no HDMI. I am currently running sound by Toslink optical. It was recommended to me that I upgrade my receiver first, and get HDMI for "best quality lossless audio from blu-rays." Which seems like great advice, but then I read that one of Oppo's strengths is their analog audio outs. And of course everything in the audiophile world is supposedly better when it's analog.
My thinking is that HDMI might be inferior with audio, so I should keep my current receiver (at least for now) and my next purchase should be an Oppo BDP-103, and run the audio analog and the video direct to my Samsung H6203. No HDMI in the receiver is an annoyance, but it would be a shame to ignore analog outs on a BDP in favor of digital HDMI if it's not as great.
I appreciate any advice on this issue, HDMI audio vs. analog audio. I'm just getting back to home theater after a lot of years away, so my knowledge base dates to about 2003. Here's what I'm running (all from about 2003), along with new cables and wire I bought from Monoprice:
JVC XVFA90BK (DVD Player)
Polk Audio RTi28 Bookshelf Speakers (Mains)
Polk Audio CSi 30 (Center)
Polk Audio FXi 30 (Surrounds with the Bipole / Dipole thing)
Infinity BU2 Subwoofer
Firstly just think of HDMI as a newer version of your Toslink cable.
OK so one of your components has to do the processing work.
Normally if you believe that your AVR will do it better then you use HDMI which bypasses the players on board DAC and M/C processing.
If you think your player will do it better then you hook up at M/C analog level.
I know that your AVR has no HDMI but you get my drift.
These days AVR's are pretty damn good, have good DAC's and offer great features like Room EQ tools and SUPERIOR bass management to what a BDP offers.
You also get the benefit of 15 years of improved tech and (depending on model chosen and $ spent) maybe more (quality) power which should help in improving overall SQ
But if you plan on upgrading BOTH (which I DO recommend)........ go with the BDP first.
BDP's with analog M/C outputs are being phased out so getting one NOW will let you use it with your current Onkyo AVR at analog level and then your NEW AVR at HDMI level.
If you are into quality stereo you also might want to check out the OPPO 105D
Otherwise I would highly recommend an OPPO 103D for now (or if $ are an issue at LEAST a BDP with M/C analog outs) and a better HDMI equipped AVR later.
FWIW I have an OPPO 105 and STILL hook up to my Pre/Pro at HDMI level as due, amongst other things, to the great room EQ of Audyssey XT32......... IT JUST SOUNDS BETTER
Lastly IMHO the Analog vs Digital SQ question is irrelevant in the M/C world.