I am playing around with the Oppo 103D as a preamp as we have downsized and need to scale back the HT gear (going from 5.1 to 2.1 and losing a Denon processor). I am looking for the Oppo to process and downmix the audio on video files with the whole range of audio surround sound formats to 2.1.
I have a HTPC which is connected to three 'audio devices', the Oppo (by HDMI - as a cloned display), a Panasonic Display (by HDMI - as a cloned display) and a Chord DAC (by USB). Now when I had a Denon 3808c in the system I was able to set up a heirarchy of sorts. The display would always be on and appear as a device in the HTPC's audio device window. If the Denon and the Chord were off at the time they would not show in the the Audio Device list. If the Denon was on, it would be the default device, unless the Chord was on, and it would be the default device. The other would not appear in the list as it would be off.
The problem I am having is that even though the Oppo is off, it remains as a device in the Audio device list. I have attached a photo. The Oppo is powered down. Now this presents problems whenever you want the Panny to be the 'default' device. If the Oppo doesn't drop off the list like the Denon, then you have to manually select the display as the audio device. And that, let me tell you, is a pain for my wife, which makes it a pain for me. Does anyone know why the Oppo remains an active device on the HTPC and whether it can be prevented?
I have spoken to Oppo Australia and they thought it might have something to do with HDMI CEC and the energy saver mode on standby. I checked though and both are set as was recommended, ie. off and 'energy efficient'.
Appreciate your advice.
Panasonic TH-P60ST60A screen, Oppo BDP-103D Blu-Ray, HTPC/AudioPC based on Antec ISK110-VESA, Qnap TS-639 Pro, Chord QuteEx Dac, Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated amp powering the mains, Denon AVR-3808 for everything else, GoldenEar Triton Ones for Mains (and performing sub duties), Duntech Onyx Centre and Duntech Pearl Rears.