Originally Posted by fitzcaraldo215
Yes, my aesthetic is quite different from yours. I am an audio purist who knows from long, long experience in audio that all additional analog stages distort or add noise to the signal to a greater or lesser degree. Ask any audio engineer. Dacs and adc's are such stages that affect the analog signal, changing it at least somewhat from the original source. That need not be true of digital processing - bits is bits. Your hypothetical player that swaps ones and zeros does not exist. So, why even bring it up? If it is HDMI jitter you wish to argue about, then that is really suitable fr another thread, not this one.
You seem to have some agenda, but judging by the responses, no one here seems to be with you. You demand proof from us, but all you have to offer yourself is that you "enjoy" a song more your way. Knock yourself out doing it your way. No one is stopping you.
You both have a point, Musicophile don't forget that the BD-95 and DHC-80.3 have very comparable if not identical DACs, while an Esoteric, A1UDCI, or Oppo 83SE will have superior ones, AKM or Sabre.
To me the comparative A/B with multiple recordings both stereo and MCH layer of SACDs, sounded much better decoded in the DVD-A1UDCI than DSD from this player or the Oppo 980.
That is just me though, and please keep in mind that i was a fierce advocate of processor decoding until i saw the light listening in several dealer showrooms to premium equipment, on the rare occasions that i can escape from Appalachia
To me it makes more sense spending 2k on a reference used or refurb player than getting a Classe or Lexicon for 4x the price, and spend same on this swiss A/V multitool of an Onkyo/Integra and with 2months of patient ebay hunting (thx God for the smart phone app with auction alarms) a full setup of King Cobras, with the same net result, superb audio!