Originally Posted by archiguy
I've got a 5.1 system in my living room. I'll have a TV in there but primarily that will be the music-listening part of the house. Planning on an Oppo BDP-105 in there and need a receiver. Since the 105 has a lot of features that duplicate the video and audio processing and streaming features of a good AVR or pre-pro, I figure I don't need a real high-end receiver. I basically need something with a radio tuner that will push sound to the living room speakers and maybe another zone or two. Don't want to duplicate features that the Oppo will perform better anyway.
So what would be a good receiver to pair with the Oppo 105?
I have been very pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of the inexpensive Onkyo NR609 AVR in my home theatre setup, with the OPPO BDP-103 as the source and my old Polk RTA12B speakers (especially after I redid the crossover w/ Polypro caps,removed the fuse, and made them bi-ampable). I bought this AVR 1.5 years ago from Accessories for Less. This receiver is 100W into 7.2 channels, and has a nice feature of being able to use the amp modules for 5.2 with FR/FL being bi-amped. This receiver only has digital inputs: several HDMI, coaxial, and optical, so it would NOT take advantage of BDP-105 DACs. It also has networking, DLNA, and internet radio capabilities. Accessories for Less has many Onkyo, Denon, and Marantz receivers for sale as factory authorized refurbs.
If you were only interested in radio tuners, consider instead MARANTZ - NA7004 NETWORK ENABLED DAC, which also has networking, DLNA, and internet radio capabilities (via Ethernet), as well as multiple DAC inputs, and digital coaxial outputs. I bought one a few weeks ago from MusicDirect, as they have $399 closeouts on them. I have been very pleased with this unit as it is functional to operate without any monitors by just using its display and remote. Sound quality is very good (after ~100hrs of break in), though again its sound quality would not be as good as the BDP-105's analog output. It has the same DAC and analog output stages as Marantz's SA8004 SACD player that was highly reviewed by Stereophile and Absolute Sound. The DAC chip is also the same as Oppo's BDP-103.
I compared the NA7004's ANALOG sound quality on my main 2-channel system to Oppo BDP-103 and my Sony SCD-777ES (13 year old original top loading, 55 pound battleship) SACD player by playing CDs in the disc players and using the coaxial digital out into the NA7004, using an inexpensive Monoprice digital cable, and identical upgraded power cords. I matched volume levels using a SPL meter, adjusting for the NA7004 being 1dB louder. The NA7004 and the Oppo's BDP-103's SQ was tonally very similar, but I preferred the NA7004 as I seemed to relax more and focused more on the music and not the "sound". The NA7004 was warmer sounding than the SCD-777ES, but I preferred the SCD-777ES's greater transparency. Also, the NA7004 sounded even better when fed uncompressed WAV files via Ethernet instead of digital input from the disc transport, with the difference being more of the relaxing and focusing more on the music and not the "sound".
I am MUCH pickier listening to music than home theatre. My "good" stereo system is high resolution system, which I have built myself, except for the source components (single-ended, Class-A, preamps and power amps based on Nelson Pass designs with outboard, overbuilt power supplies, double boxed Focal MTM transmission line speakers, high purity silver interconnects and speaker cable).