Originally Posted by tngiloy
Since I am in the pool for the next round of bdp-83 ea's there are a few questions that I need answered before considering actually joining.
One question was answered by you a few post ago. That was can the bdp-83 decode and output HD audio formats to pcm and send over hdmi. It can, if I understand right. I would be interested in how you would compare the oppo's onboard decoding to the decoding done in the pre/pro or receivers? Bob, how do you rate the decoded pcm sent to the D2 vs bitsteam sent to D2v?
Since the BluRay movie companies (WB, Paramount, NewLine) all seem to default to different audio (lossy vs Lossless HD) when a disc is played, is there an easy way to identify and change the audio track on the fly?
If I understood the review I read on the bdp-83, you can set it to send out the video in its native format- 480i for SDVD, and 1080i/60 or 1080p/24 for BR. Since I will be doing my video processing in the D2 it would be nice to be able to have this done automatically, or be able to choose to send SDVD at 480i by way of a menu setting in the Oppo. Is this possible?
Bob, do you use DVD1, DVD2, etc. to view sdvd and BR or just one for all?
Does the Oppo send SACD (and DVD-A when available) pcm via hdmi?
Forgive me for singling out Bob P. for these questions, but I know he used the bdp-83 with the D2, so he is qualified to answer these questions. If any one else can answer, please feel free to do so. Thanks,
Tom, be sure to check out the resources linked in the first post of this thread.
A lot of your questions have easy to find answers in the FAQ and the Manual for example.
But in brief, yes decoding to LPCM in the player works fine with the D2. As you know the D2 doesn't decode, and I didn't have a chance to do side by side between the D2 and the D2v. But using the D2v I find no difference between decoding in the Oppo and decoding in the D2v (given the latest D2v firmware which fixed a few crucial bugs).
The Oppo when set to Source Direct output will send HDMI 480i for SD-DVDs and 1080i/59.94 or 1080p/23.976 for Blu-Ray discs (according to the content on the disc). That's all automatic, and it all works just fine with the D2.
In addition the Oppo has a dedicated video resolution button on the remote which makes it trivially easy to switch from Source Direct to any explicit output resolution if you want to.
The choice of default audio track from any given disc is under the control of the studio. There is no way to change that behavior.
I have found no need to use a different setup for SD-DVD and Blu-Ray from the Oppo, so I have just the one input definition set up in the Anthem.
Yes the Oppo can output SACD audio as HDMI LPCM. That too works fine with the D2. Since DVD-Audio uses the same audio compression scheme as Dolby TrueHD, it too will decode to HDMI LPCM.