Originally Posted by stevekappy
Thanks for the quick responses. Is it possible to upgrade the D2 to a D2v?
I am trying every which way to keep the Anthem in the theatre.
Too much hardware changes out to do an "upgrade". For a while Anthem was running a factory sponsored trade-in program, but that ended a long time ago.
You have two options: Work a deal with your Anthem dealer, or sell the D2 privately (e.g., on Audiogon) and purchase a D2v separately.
By the way, although this is slowly changing, you should be aware that many of the Blu-ray titles sold as 7.1 really only had 5.1 theatrical release mixes. I.e., they've been processed up to 7.1 for Blu-ray marketing purposes. So don't be too quick to discount the option of keeping the D2 you already have. Let the OPPO do the down-mix to 5.1 LPCM output for 7.1 tracks (which happens automatically for HDMI audio, or by selecting that setting in the OPPO for multi-channel analog). Then set your D2 to raise that to 7.1 speakers using PLIIx-Movie.
I think you'll be pleasant surprised.
There ARE tracks out there with aggressive positioning of audio in the Rear channels of course, but fewer than you might expect. Also, some discs come with both a 7.1 and a 5.1 lossless track. For those, select the 5.1 track -- and still let your D2 raise that up to 7.1 speakers output.
Note that if you do switch to a D2v you get other things in addition to 7.1 input. For example you get 192KHz audio input (the D2 is limited to 96KHz). Blu-ray music discs can take advantage of that. You also get an improved audio output stage, improved video processing, and more HDMI Input sockets.
I'm assuming you already have ARC for your D2. If not, you should *DEFINITELY* get that -- the kit costs about $400 -- no hardware change needed in the D2. If you sell the D2, be sure to mention that it comes with the ARC kit, as early D2 units were not bundled with that.