Originally Posted by momswgn
The DVP5000 would be the better way to go as one could install it between the AVR and the TV/PJ vs getting a oppo 103d, right? Thanks.
Yes definitely, the Darblet can be installed between the AVR and the TV/PJ. Most do it that way, and with good results. As for "better way to go", that's a closer call. It's definitely the less expensive way to go. For many, that will be the end of the analysis. But the Oppo 103D also offers the ability to route multiple sources through it for Darbee processing, thus producing similar functionality to the Darblet's end-of-chain installation. The UI is different between the two devices. Some will prefer one over the other. The 103D allows for SACD playback obviously, which may be an added bonus for some. But one important nuance is that this Darblet thread has dozens of reports from users that have encountered HDCP "handshake" issues of mixed severity (usually correctable, albeit with varying levels of effort and expense) with their Darblet. In contrast, there are virtually no such reports on the 103D thread. So there is that.
I've owned both devices, and really like both of em, and my experience follows those thread tendencies exactly -- I had fairly persistent handshake headaches with the Darblet, but have never had any with the 103D. That said, I think both devices are terrific because the Darbee effect on my projected image is a must have. Overall, there is no single "better way to go" answer that fits everybody. If a user has longer than usual HDMI runs (one factor that significantly increases the risk of handshake issues), and dislikes tinkering and trouble-shooting, the 103D may be the way to go. If a user is more budget conscious, enjoys tinkering, and has done the homework on how to fix HDCP issues, the Darblet is probably the way to go.
But either way, Darbee processing is killer, and is the same on both devices.