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i'm just setting up a Marantz NR1602 receiver, and it lists Source Direct mode as an option. Now, I need to invest in a blu-ray player and as far as I've found, only the Oppo BDP-93 lists Source Direct as a feature. My questions are:

1. Does the receiver AND player both need to have Source Direct to have Source Direct work as it should? (does it need to be enabled/available at both points?)

2. Do all bluray players not come with Source Direct? Is it called some other name? I was looking at the Sony BDP-S490 as an alternative, but couldn't find a Source Direct option anywhere.

I'm totally confused about this. Any help will be much appreciated. thank you
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i'm just setting up a Marantz NR1602 receiver, and it lists Source Direct mode as an option. Now, I need to invest in a blu-ray player and as far as I've found, only the Oppo BDP-93 lists Source Direct as a feature. My questions are:

1. Does the receiver AND player both need to have Source Direct to have Source Direct work as it should? (does it need to be enabled/available at both points?)

2. Do all bluray players not come with Source Direct? Is it called some other name? I was looking at the Sony BDP-S490 as an alternative, but couldn't find a Source Direct option anywhere.

I'm totally confused about this. Any help will be much appreciated. thank you

Source Direct is an operating mode that bypasses the receiver's DSP circuits (only using bass/timing management). Pure Direct bypass DSP plus management too and outputs the audio "as is".

In general Source Direct and Pure Direct are for stereo music when you want the sound to be as close to the original mix as possible. However you must have a very good room acoustics/system/speaker setup to take the best advantage of these modes (almost certainly not the case unless using high quality headphones/IEM's).
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Q1. No

Q2. "Source Direct" in players refers to VIDEO output and automatically outputs 480i from NTSC DVD, 1080p from Blu-ray etc without you having to change video resolution yourself. Older Pioneer has it. Sony calls it "Original Resolution". In addition, Oppo disables most custom video adjustment options.

"Pure Direct" in AVRs refers to AUDIO handling (Marantz manual p.49):
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PURE DIRECT
This mode plays back tracks at the closest to the original sound quality.
Turn the display of the amplifier off to stop the analogue video circuit. This
suppresses the source of noise that affects sound quality.
• Surround back signals or front height signals are not created.

NOTE
• Video signals are only output when HDMI signals are played in the PURE DIRECT mode.
• When in the PURE DIRECT mode, the menu screen is not displayed.


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