Originally Posted by AVfile
That is the chart. You need to weigh the benefits of the better analog parts quality in the Statement series versus the better HDMI handling of the v-series. Are you using mainly HDMI or SPDIF digital sources? Any analog sources?
Print it out and highlight the differences between the 50 and 50v. The D2 will not have the additional features that the 50v has over the 50. Then highlight the differences between the 50v and D2v in a different color. That should give you the other delta.
Thanks - that helps. For 2 channel listening, I use the analog outs in the Oppo as it has the upgraded Nuforce ouput board. I have no need for HDMI switching as I have enough inputs on my TV to accommodate my Oppo Bluray, Xfinity cable box, Logitech Squeezebox, and Apple TV. The cable, squeezebox, and Apple TV are feeding 5.1 audio to my current processor via SPDIF.
As I will not be using any of the video processing/switching capabilities of the processor, I want to limit my comparison to audio performance only. Based on the chart, here is what is making the D2 look more attractive than the 50V, at least for my application:
-Premium ADC's and DAC's
-Premium parts in analog audio section
What appears to be lacking in the D2 vs the 50V would be:
-DTS Master and Dolby TrueHD decoding in processor (Since my Oppo can decode and pass LPCM to the D2, this should be a non factor)
-ARC-1 standard (90% of the used models I have looked at include the ARC-1 kit, so again non factor)
-Larger lip synch range (hard to say if there would be much benefit here)
I am unsure if I am missing out on anything with these remaining options that I noted as missing in the D2 vs the 50V:
-Multi channel PCM input limited to 5.1 24bit/96khz vs 7.1 24bit/192khz. Not sure how this might come into play based on my application
-Dual core, dual processor audio DSP on the 50V. Again, not sure if this is pertinent, based on how I plan on connecting my components