dave, thanks again for your very helpful response!
Ok, so since you realize what compromises you would be making, you may do quite well using the player without the DVDO.
Since you don't actually own the DVDO yet, it's pretty easy to say you can just buy the Oppo and try it out. Based on your last comments I think you'll probably like using it that way. YOu can always add a separate processor to it later if you think you need it.
yes, the more i thought about it the more i came to the conclusion that the 103d will probably meet my specific needs even tho a dedicated processor such as the vp50 offers considerably more fine tuning options as well as more input/output configuration options. of course the valuable input offered by you and others in this thread coupled with the pm responses i received swayed me as well. i ordered the the 103d an hour ago.
As for using it daily as a music streamer, I think you'd do quite well in that area too. The Oppo players a pretty high quality hardware, and they also come with a full 2 yr warranty standard, and they also offer extended warranties as well. Lots of people use the players for many different features on a daily basis, and pre-mature failure as a result is pretty rare, and if it does, you have the warranty to fall back on. Even Oppo's out of warranty repair costs aren't what you would call expensive. So, if it were me, I wouldn't hesitate to use it daily for whatever I might need.
this is very helpful given it was one of my greatest concerns, whether or not the 103d would be up for hours of daily use. and oppo's 2-year warranty instills even more confidence.
As mentioned by another, the player does have 2 hdmi outputs. However I don't think the Darbee processing is available on the HDMI-2 output. So if you can live without Darbee on one display, then you wouldn't need the hdmi switch, but if you want Darbee on both, you will need that switch.
yes, i was aware of this from the manual, and why i mentioned i would be using an hdmi switch/splitter. that said, i'm wondering if you might weigh in on the following question: if i use the split a/v setting it's my understanding that hdmi-1 out will not have audio, instead the audio will be sent via the hdmi-2 out. if this is the case, and assuming this is the setup, i.e. hdmi-1 for video and hdmi-2 for audio with split a/v enabled, can the 103d also, simultaneously, send audio out via one of it's spdif outputs? this would allow me to connect the hdmi-2 out to my dac/sound processor and the spdif to my tv, which would in turn allow me to hear audio from my tv in the event i wanted to listen to another source connected to my dac / sound processor.