Here is my current setup:
Denon DVD3910 (used only for CD's, SACD, High Resolution DVD Audio (192/24)
PS3: Blu Ray and games
Xbox 360: games
Boston Acoustics VR-M80's (L/R)
Boston Acoustics E70: Center
Boston Acoustics VR-M/EX Surrounds (7.1)
Mitsubishi 65-inch Diamond Vision DLP (no plans to upgrade for several years as it works great for the amount of time we use it for movies)
Monster Power Filter
I rarely game anymore and am about 80% concerned with audio performance and 20% with Home Theater, though I do have a dedicated 2-channel system elsewhere, so I try to find a balance in this set up. I just listen to more music (2 channel direct, 5.1 SACD and DVD-Audio) than I do watch movies.
I am looking to get rid of the DVD3910 for audio and PS3 as a blu ray player while upgrading both sound and blu ray quality with one unit. I wanted to take advantage of the Advanced AL24 Processing offered on the 4308ci and was excited about upgrading to the new Denon dbt3313 until I just read they completely revamped the Denon Link and it is no longer compatible with older receivers (thanks a bunch, Denon. Much appreciated). One thing to note. My main thought is to consolidate equipment while getting an upgrade in audo/blu ray. I am pretty darn happy with the sound quality I have now, but am sure there is better out there. My budget would max out at $1200, but don't have to spend that much, just to say I did. I also am not in the market to upgrade the receiver and the blu ray player. Worst case scenario is that I would just wait it out or use Option 3. I have a large collection of High Resolution DVD-Audio (192/24) and SACD, so those are requirements for any player. Here are the options I am contemplating and would appreciated feedback and alternate suggestions:
Oppo 103/105 - Will I still get full 192/24 and be able to achieve better sound than what I have through HDMI (the 3910 is great for audio playback)? I know the blu ray piece of it excels, I am just worried about whether the HDMI version of the 4308 will be able to handle all of my requirements (I think it's HDMI 1.3). I currently use the Denon Link (cat6). I've read the Denon Link provides better sound, but have never run my SACD through HDMI so don't know (or know if that's even possible)
Keep the PS3 as a blu ray and try to find the last year that Denon put out a universal blu ray player with the old version of Denon Link. Find a used unit and buy that for audio playback only (unless it happens to be better than PS3 for Blu Ray). If this is the better option, any recommendations?
Keep the 3910 for audio playback, ditch the Xbox 360 and PS3, and buy a PS4 for blu ray (games would be a bonus) and wait it out until I decide to upgrade my receiver. Then buy the best combo I can afford at that time (ETA would probably be a few years as I don't upgrade equipment that often).
Thanks in advance for your help on this.