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Best way to connect Opponents UDP-205

This is a question for those who are lucky enough to have a Bryston SP3 and an Oppo UDP-205.

What will give the best sound quality for two-channel music on CD: a digital connection between the two, so the DAC of the SP3 is used, or a balanced analog connection so the DAC in the UDP-205 is used?

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This is a question for those who are lucky enough to have a Bryston SP3 and an Oppo UDP-205.

What will give the best sound quality for two-channel music on CD: a digital connection between the two, so the DAC of the SP3 is used, or a balanced analog connection so the DAC in the UDP-205 is used?
I own both, but not in the same setup. The Bryston SP3 gets HDMI and balanced analog from an Oppo 105D, but I prefer HDMI and thus the SP3 DAC. The sound is superb. The 205 sends balanced analog to an Ayre preamp. The sound is superb, better than analog from the 105D. You can have both HDMI and analog from the 205 to the SP3, so you can switch between them from the SP3 remote. I'd try them both. You might find that you prefer analog from the 205 for stereo and HDMi from the 205 for surround. Oppo has really done some magic with analog audio from the 205. Balanced analog stereo from the 205 is very close to that from my Ayre C-5xeMP.

The reasons I don't have a 205 in both setups is that it doesn't offer streaming services like Netflix, my projector isn't 4K, I can use an Esoteric SA-60 for stereo and surround music, and it isn't available in silver. But I do have an extra slot available in my equipment cabinet . . .

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Thank you very much for the answer.

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... You might find that you prefer analog from the 205 for stereo and HDMi from the 205 for surround. Oppo has really done some magic with analog audio from the 205 ...

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This is what I am hoping for! At the moment, I have a CD player and an integrated amplifier (from Moon) for two channel music and a Blu-ray player and an AV amplifier (from Primare) for movies and multi channel music. That looks like a good solution, but there are two disadvantages: it is a bit complicated for my wife and the sound quality of multi channel is on a much lower level. So hopefully I can get excellent results for both two channel and multi channel with a first class processor like the Bryston SP3. I will have to sell my electronic gear to finance the Oppo UDP-205, Bryston SP3 and a multi channel power amplifier but I don’t want to lose too much of the quality of two channel music.

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At the moment, I have a CD player and an integrated amplifier (from Moon) for two channel music and a Blu-ray player and an AV amplifier (from Primare) for movies and multi channel music. That looks like a good solution, but there are two disadvantages: it is a bit complicated for my wife and the sound quality of multi channel is on a much lower level. So hopefully I can get excellent results for both two channel and multi channel with a first class processor like the Bryston SP3. I will have to sell my electronic gear to finance the Oppo UDP-205, Bryston SP3 and a multi channel power amplifier but I don’t want to lose too much of the quality of two channel music.i
I'm pretty sure you wont lose any quality due the Oppo UDP-205 and Bryston SP3, it will depend on the amps. You might want to consider separate amps for stereo and surround. The SP3 provides triggers for turning amps on and off, so your wife need deal only with the fully labeled SP3 remote.

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Thank you again for your reply.

I have heard the Bryston a few times and I have no doubts about the SP3, but I can't imagine that for CDs the Oppo has a comparable sound quality as my CD player, which has a price level that is much higher. If I decide to keep my CD player, then I have less budget for the power amplifier, so no more Bryston, but an Anthem or a Primare probably.

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[QUOTE=WillyPi;54603296I can't imagine that for CDs the Oppo has a comparable sound quality as my CD player, which has a price level that is much higher.i[/QUOTE]

You should try the 205 rather than prematurely changing your plans. You can return it if it doesn't meet the sound quality you're looking for, but you might be surprised. Oppo has volume of sales to subsidize R&D and parts purchasing, whereas high price can reflect a niche market.

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This is a question for those who are lucky enough to have a Bryston SP3 and an Oppo UDP-205.

What will give the best sound quality for two-channel music on CD: a digital connection between the two, so the DAC of the SP3 is used, or a balanced analog connection so the DAC in the UDP-205 is used?

Thanks,

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Use them balanced analog connections!

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