Originally Posted by ValjeanPhantom
After reading it, my assumption was correct! Yes. The S/N and dynamic range numbers have me turned off from this machine a little bit as well. Are you ready for this? I thought the 406 would be identical to the Pioneer DV-410 being that the Onkyo 405 was similar to the Pioneer DV-400. How wrong I was! It only features switchable black level for video! From what PDFs I've read from Onkyo, I am aware of this company's potential. Who knows! Maybe these players would make perfect HDMI transports!
This unit will cry out for a review and comparison to the DV-58av with some audio test equipment, unfortunately none of the AV magazines show any interest in testing DVD players any more.
I bought a DVD-S1800 Yamaha with a silly $449 retail price on a closeout sale for $98 (no DSD or DSD/PCM output either) it is my stop gap until we start seeing Blu-ray players with DSD output, or at least good DSD/LPCM output, Oppo has one coming along, the Yamaha has the mediocre PCM-1791 chips.
The video is as good as it gets for DVD, the audio is acceptable for a few months. My wife's CD player broke a few weeks ago after 15 years of use, so she got my Pioneer Elite DV-47ai (audibly better than this unit for most of the audible range, but nothing dramatic except for the slightly muted treble on the Yamaha offset somewhat by better bass management for the Yamaha). Correction, the treble wasn't muted, my wife vacuumed around the speakers and toed them out a bit.
This buys me some time until the market starts offering a better selection of stuff with DSD output over HDMI.