Funny, it struck me the other day that all their current flagship Blu-Ray player needs to allow most people to get rid of the pre-pro completely is a decent room correction setup (ideally something not currently available, such as Trinnov or maybe a dumbed-down Dirac module, but even Audyssey XT32 would be OK if they allowed one to turn off Audyssey's stupid crappy speakers compensation midrange notch - Audyssey with the notch un-defeatable would make it uninteresting to me), a modern dynamic loudness compensation program (Dolby Volume "volume modeling" or Audyssey DynamicEQ) and maybe a couple more HDMI inputs (I'd only need one, for the AppleTV, but others might want more). Maybe one legacy analog audio input, for people who want to attach a phono preamp that doesn't have an ADC with USB output.
After all, what is a pre-pro but an input switcher, room correction processor, video processor, codec decoder, DAC, and preout board?
The BDP-105 is basically all of those things except the room correction processor already: it already has multiple inputs (disk, HDMI, USB, whatever streaming stuff it can natively play), video processing, ability to natively decode all the major a/v codecs, DACs, and 7.1-channel preouts. All it's missing is the room correction stuff as is. (And a few inputs, though many people could use it as is, with the disk reader, one additional HDMI input, and the USB input.)
A '105-based pre-pro with Trinnov room correction, Dolby Volume, and say 4 HDMI inputs/1 stereo analog audio input would be worth $2500 to me in a heartbeat. Maybe more but I'd have to think about that. At $2500 or less, it would be basically automatic.
Not only would such a product likely be superior in performance to most other pre-pros on the market, it would also allow one to replace two boxes (SACD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray/etc. player and pre-pro) with one box.
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