Originally Posted by AuburnM5
This might be a better question for the McIntosh specific forum on Audio Karma or Audio Aficionado, but I wanted to get some thoughts from Oppo owners. What do you think is the best way to use the player as an SACD player? It would be primarily for 2 channel SACD playback. (Equipment: Oppo 103D, McIntosh MX121 processor, McIntosh C2500 tube preamp)
A. Playback over HDMI running through the MX121 (the C2500 is in pass through mode)
B. Playback through the analog outs on the 103D into the C2500 via PCM
C. Playback through the analog outs on the 103D into the cC2500 via DSD
I think the best advice Linger gave you above is to try all your options and see what "you" prefer best. In order to do that, you have to know and understand your options and its consequences. First off, I'm pretty sure your McIntosh processor cannot accept a pure DSD audio stream, so your "A" option would be to have your 103 convert DSD to PCM and send PCM via HDMI to your MX121 for further digital processing (Audyssey, etc.). With regards to digital processing of the signal, I provided you with a link from another forum concerning some of your issues/options. The OP of that discussion preferred to perform Audyssey processing on his audio playback. You'll have to be the final judge on that as to what you prefer..
As for your B and C options, you're asking the 103 to either convert DSD to PCM before converting to analog(B), or convert DSD direct to analog (C). Be careful of your C option, because you won't be able to control your volume on the 103. In fact, the volume will be fixed at max output, but if you're connecting directly to a preamp, your preamp should provide you the necessary voltage reduction/attenuation before reaching your amp.