Originally Posted by Rob Tomlin
My understanding is that this is not inherent in DSD itself. In other words, the players could
do time alignment on DSD, but few (if any) actually do?
I don't think so. I think pretty much all Digital Signal Processing in players and AVP/AVR's is done in PCM. So, it requires internal conversion from DSD to PCM to do speaker distance compensation, bass management and Audyssey, if you have it, in the DSP. I for one do not believe that this conversion causes any problems whatsoever. Sonically, it's not worth agonizing over. I listen to mostly Mch music on SACD, and it is simply awesome though my AVP using the full DSP treatment within it. The pure DSD fetish just will not die, will it?
That said, you can experiment with having the Oppo do the conversion and transmit PCM to the processor or have the Oppo transmit DSD and have the processor do it. My 980 allows this, and I prefer DSD transmission via HDMI. Others, like Kal Rubinson at Stereophile preferred it the other way. At best, the difference is not huge using the 980. I will be curious how the BDP-83 sounds both ways.