Originally Posted by greyflag
I'm toying with the idea of finally replacing my AVM 50 (upgraded with ARC) that has served me well for the last nine years. It's in a living room 5.1 system that will remain that way. I have no need for immersive audio or additional channels. Any lossless decoding can be done from an incoming Oppo 203.
I have a very attractive trade in offer from a dealer who is a member here on another manufacturer's processor. I'm only interested in a potential improvement in sound (which I know is somewhat subjective).
Are the DACs in the Oppo superior to the old ones in the Anthem? It seems to me that it would make sense to run analog from the Oppo then set the Anthem to Analog/DSP to utilize ARC. Also, the 203 could eventually migrate downstairs and be replaced by the yet to be released Oppo 205.
Replace the AVM 50 with an AVM 60 or another processor.
So, to Bob P. and all, any opinions?
If you want to go the all-Analog route, you should look at the OPPO UDP-205 instead of the 203. Details on the 205 are evidently coming out this week with first ship by month's end. The expected difference in the 205 vs the 203 will be an improved Analog output stage -- much as with the OPPO 105 vs. 103.
However, I think you should think seriously about what you are giving up if you move away from Anthem Room Correction. Take a look at your ARC charts and see how much correction ARC is doing in your room. If it is substantial, you won't have that in an all-Analog solution -- i.e., without an AVR or pre-pro that re-digitizes the Analog input so it can be processed for Room Correction.
Now, you can achieve improved results in all-Analog by doing room treatments in your listening room -- primarily targeted at addressing room bass response issues. But that's a good deal more complicated than letting ARC do it. In addition, since it is your living room, you may not appreciate the aesthetics of what room treatments do to that room.
If you are going to use ARC, you should probably stick with HDMI audio -- HDMI LPCM into your existing AVM 50, or HDMI Bitstream into, say an AVM 60. You might also want to check into an AVM 50v or D2v. That avoids the step of re-digitizing the Analog input so it can be processed.