Originally Posted by abacustrader
Finally received my oppo 105, which is also my first dac. So basically i am trying to do a dac(oppo) / avr setup. My setup sony kdl-55nx720(hdtv), oppo 105, marantz sr5006 avr (for center and surrounds), adcom gfa-555II (for fronts). Using oppo hdmi out to avr (7.1 speaker setup) to take advantage of audussey for movies. For analog playback is where i am having some setup issues.
1) is there a difference in sound quality between using the rca stereo outs versus the 7.1 ch out from the oppo 105. I will be using oppo analog out for cd, sacd playback.
yes - the stereo outs should sound better - and I find it fairly easy to hear. You can, if you don't require a second audio zone or down-mixed stereo out, substitute the higher quality Stereo Out for the multichannel FL/FR.
2) assuming there is no difference. i have started setting up using the oppo 7.1 analog out to feed into my marantz sr5006 avr 7.1 inputs. with this setup am i doing something wrong because i am able to get stereo 2 channel output thru my lf and rf, but no subwoofer?? how do i get the subwoofer to sound in analog music playback?
The Subwoofer out to your Marantz will only play when you select the 7.1 inputs (direct) on the Marantz. In that case you will only get Oppo subwoofer output if your FL/FR on the Oppo are set to Small - otherwise you get full bandwidth to the FL/FR and no sub on stereo sources.
3) also is there a way using the oppo to play the music in analog and still have a video signal sent to the tv so i can still see the onscreen oppo playback menus? do i have this issue because on the oppo i have set audio playback hdmi off instead of auto(i setup hdmi audio to off because i wasnt sure if the analog signal had precedence over the hdmi signal)? what is the proper way to setup?
If the "source" you select on the Marantz is receiving HDMI video from the Oppo, you can still select the Marantz 7.1 analog direct inputs (set Oppo HDMI audio to On or Off - doesn't matter) and get the Oppo menus. If you send audio to a Marantz "source" like the CD inputs, they you get no Oppo menus since those type sources on the Marantz have no associated video input - best to use the Blu-ray and/or DVD inputs on the Marantz for the Oppo - I use both and have them set differently so I can switch from 7.1 analog to HDMI/Audyssey processed easily.
a) sacd is the recording in 2 channel or 5?
Depends on the SACD - in general an SACD can have 5.1 DSD, 2.0 DSD, and also a CD layer for CD audio. The Oppo lets you toggle between 5.1 and stereo with one of the buttons (see the manual) and for the CD layer, you have to stop playback and change the setting in the Oppo.
b) oppo 105 can upconvert to 4k does that mean is can do 4k playback when 4k tvs are out?
c) has anyone tried oppo 7.1 out for movies? seems like audussey should have the advantage for movies..so far i am liking what i am hearing from oppo analog.
It's a matter of preference - for serious listening l'm liking the Oppo analog outs and for recreational. For when seating positions may not be ideal - like a party - I'm liking Audyssey processing....so far.