Originally Posted by JHex2
Hi, I need a blu-ray player for my HT setup, and I'm super-interested in an Oppo. The complication is that I already have a Darblet. Should I even bother with an Oppo if I already have the standalone Darbee? Will I still see a benefit if say I get a BDP-103 as opposed to some sony player? Audio is also important, as the player will be connected via RCA to a Rega Brio-R driving PSB Imagine Minis. Thanks!
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There are other benefits to buying a 103D over a 103, but Darbee is definitely the main one.
Other people use an external Darbee with a 103 and like it, but some also report some handshaking issues at times,
and whenever you can eliminate having too many pieces of hardware running your audio and video through them,
the better chances there are of not having issues.
So far there have been pretty much zero issues with the built in Darbee processing of the 103D/105D players.
Some of the differences between the 103 and 103D are...
~the Silicon Image VRS ClearView video processor.
(the VRS chip allows for a slightly better picture presentation do to some ever so slight undefeatable DNR in the QDEO chip.)
~the Darbee Visual Presence video processor.
~the ability to send DSD over HDMI on the HDMI-1 output.
~the remote is a slightly different version with a Darbee button.
(otherwise the remote is identical to the remote for the BDP-105/103)