Originally Posted by Michaelmorio
Do you own both the Denon and the OPPO? If so how are they compare?
Originally Posted by WestCoastD
yeah, I'd like to know his impressions of analog audio for CD sources (2ch OUT's)
Ok guys. Finally did some comparing b/w the 3800 and the Oppo. Not the fairest of comparisons but quick and dirty:
1) RCA interconnects are Audioquest Sidewinder
2) MCH out to my Rotel RSX-1067 receiver under BYPASS mode.
3) Speakers are DefTech BP7002 for fronts, CLR2500 center, and 2 BPX rears.BD Audio Test
I used Immortal Beloved, which is about the great Beethoven. I used chapter 15 where they're playing the "Ode to Joy" under full orchestra. The Denon was pleasing as always. The Oppo did seem a little bright and this seems to be rearing its head in the Oppo thread. However, the overall presentation was enjoyable. I also tried chapter 5 where Beethoven plays until he is interrupted by a suitor. In this scene, the piano sounded more or less identical b/w the Denon and the Oppo.CD
Norah Jones: Come Away With Me
Tracks 1 Don't Know Why and 3 Cold Cold Heart. Here, the presentation was too close to call. If I had to give the edge, it would be the Denon as it seemed to bring out more notes due to the AL24 upsampling.
Mussorgsky: Pictures At an Exhibition SACD/CD hybrid (playing only CD side)
Again the Denon seemed to have the edge. However, I'd say most people would be happy with the Oppo's presentation. Of course this is greatly dependent on equipment as well.Disclaimer
: There was an attempt to level match the 2 players with an SPL meter but values were forgotten in the excitement of putting the Oppo through its paces. However, I did calibrate for delay and level for the Oppo's own audio as a bare minimum. Also, keep in mind the players were auditioned one at a time as I only have one set of 5.1 interconnects so memory may prove a factor as well.
The Oppo is a beautiful and substantial player and it doesn't give up much to the Denon 3800!
Look for a full fledged review/tests for analog and PCM over HDMI in the near future.