Originally Posted by gpjnevada
I've been using the Onkyo DV-SP506 Silver for a couple of days now and have a couple of initial comments. Nothing serious, just some observations and perceptions.
The build quality is excellent. Steel shell and aluminum front; the feel of a quality piece of equipment.http://www.procinema.hu/termekkepek/...VSP506_big.jpg
The decoders are Zoran, namely the Vaddis 886-S (S stands for SACD) with an HDMI 1080P companion IC (chip #722) the HDXtreme 2. The up-scaled (1080P) video produced looks excellent to my eye. There is, however, no on-the-fly picture controls. Example: the brightness, sharpness, and black level must be set inside the setup menu while playback is stopped. Not a great thing, but since the controls are so few, it's not an issue. To sum it up, the display looks fantastic, no issues so far.
I didn't take the following pictures of the interior. I found them on the web of the Euro model which is identical (if I get a chance I'll get back in there and snap some pics):http://img5.abload.de/img/dsc_0247372q.jpghttp://img1.abload.de/img/dsc_0246e597.jpghttp://www.abload.de/img/dsc_0244773i.jpg
I currently have the unit connected to a Pioneer VSX-919AH-K and the audio transfer to it over HDMI sounds very good. This particular receiver converts DSD to PCM. When I play a multi-channel SACD and set the 506 to output 6ch PCM instead of DSD, the receiver shows that it is receiving 176.4 kHz and it does sound different (better) than letting the receiver do the conversion.
What really blows me away is the 6 ch analog sound. The sound field is incredible. Less bright and very full sound especially on the low and mid low range with very crisp highs but very natural sounding. Very detailed and rich. The HDMI has excellent clarity but lacks the bottom end detail as of now. I believe I need to spend alot more time setting up the AVR, but the HDMI transfer while sounding great, does indeed sound more synthetic. Very tickled with the analog sound.......fun!
And then a question. I can't for the life of me spot the advertised Burr-Brown PCM1796 DAC(s) inside the unit unless the chip(s) are mounted on the underside of the decoder card or elsewhere??? I wonder if it could reside under the 2 inch, 2 sided strip of tape next to the 886-S chip as shown in the photo above. The tape is very sticky and would be very difficult to remove. I don't want to risk the warranty or else I'd remove it.
Another great feature is HDMI display while playing SACD. All tags are identified, name, artist, time, disc info all there in a very well designed full screen display.
And then an oddity. While playing DVD-A, 3 buttons do not function on either the remote or front panel, namely the pause, FF, and reverse buttons. They work fine with SACD however. I e-mailed Onkyo support.
Overall, I am very happy with this unit especially for the low price I paid.
Hanspree 28" monitor (1920 x 1200)
Polk CS1 (center)
Polk M40 (front)
Polk M30 (surround)
The Speaker Company ASW-8 subw
13' x 13' room with 9 ft ceiling.
Possibly more comments later if time allows.
Additional SP506 discussion: translated Euro website forum
Not too difficult to read but a few head-scratchers.