Originally Posted by nmkorn
Thinking about switching from PS3 as a blu ray player, and upgrading to the OPPO BDP-103. Question is - if I'm connecting this to my Receiver (which powers my speakers) - will I not get the audio processing and DAC from the OPPO? That is - will my AVR take over the audio processing, making the OPPO a bit of a waste? I'm sure I can set my AVR for video pass through, so I take advantage of the video processing. But can anyone advise?
TV: Panasonic ST60
Receiver: Denon AVR-300
Thanks for your help!
It sounds like you might be thinking the Oppo is more of a miracle drug than it really is. For BDs, the PS3 is still likely to be the most reliable player on the market, simply because Sony keeps the firmware updated better than any other brand or model and I imagine just about every BD is still tested on the console. Display and AVR manufacturers are also more likely to do compatibility testing with the PS3. If your display is 1080p (native) with 1080p BDs (the vast majority) there's not going to be any appreciable difference in PQ, with the possible exception of darbee - which I haven't seen yet, but you didn't say you were thinking of going with the 103D, just the regular 103. As I understand it the regular 103 does have mandatory noise filters applied, at least for one of the two HDMI outputs, which should help with overcompressed video sources like dvd, or satellite, cable, streaming, in the event you planned on routing any of those signals through the box. If you don't like grain, it might curb that for you too. It also likely does a better job at deinterlacing/scaling than the PS3, but again that's not going to be an issue with the majority of BDs themselves if you have a full 1080p display, just better at converting dvd, 1080i and 720p sources.
Like your PS3, assuming you don't have a first gen fat, the Oppo should be able to either pass the undecoded signal to the AVR or decoded to PCM. It's analog outputs will be useless to you with your AVR, because your AVR doesn't support multi-channel analog inputs. So, if it has better DACs, that won't even come into play, unless upgrading your AVR, in which case, the new AVR will likely sport an upgraded DAC too.
Originally Posted by KidHorn
4K Blu-ray players will probably be available by Christmas. Are you sure you want to buy a blu-ray player now?
Maybe... not likely... if so with little to nothing to play... It takes content to drive a format. With BD the installation base of supporting displays was dramatically higher and it still didn't grow as fast as studios wanted/expected. If you're thinking it'll be implemented like BD3D, I wouldn't get my hopes up there either. Studios don't have near the incentive they had for promoting 3D content and manufacturers so desperate to sell new displays that they subsidized the cost, and getting some studios behind a new 4K format will be a very hard sell. Not to mention, if anything BD3D support is already being scaled back, with major retailers carrying fewer titles and copies of those they do, and studios, like Disney, curbing 3D support themselves.
A digital world is what most studios want and some want it to be digital only, yesterday. That's where their priorities are firmly planted at the moment, with the obvious exceptions like Criterion, Twilight Time, and some others whose livelihoods depend on discs, as once everything goes digital, studios will no doubt become the exclusive distributors of thier properties. I'm sure boutique companies would love to sell you The Seven Samurai or Fright Night for $100 a pop, as a return to the LD premium is probably the most likely scenario for a physical 4K format emerging in the near future. The best we can reasonably hope for is something along the lines of DVHS, but I'm reluctant to predict that happening either. Sure, maybe everyone who buys a 4KTV and premium priced player combo will get an exclusive copy of Avatar in 4K to go with it, but prices won't be low enough this year to make that any kind of tempting, much less enough to incite widespread adoption.
I hope I'm wrong. I admittedly don't have the contacts I used to; but I haven't heard of any viable movement on the physical 4K front. in terms of pre-recorded media And the last I heard it was still a few years away, if it happens at all. Digital needs to peak or physical media needs to really start to surge again for some studios to turn their attention toward a new physical format, especially when they no longer see physical media as being in their best interest.