Originally Posted by jfbar1
Finally swung the rack around to do some wire management (and hook up my Sony S770 as it is probably going to be my reference SACD DSD transport). I DID have the OPPO hooked up to HDMI 1. swapped it around so the TV is output 1 and the Onkyo is HDMI2. have not tried it yet, but am very interested to find out if it will be better than the BDP83.
It seems that even the player is outputting straight DSD, the actual sound can vary wildly. I proved this with my BDP83 vs S770 vs (Pioneer) 48DV shootout a few months back.
Update 2 I got to try out both the OPPO and the Sony in kinda a shoot out. First off, I was very pleased to finally get DSD out of the OPPO and it sounded great. I had both running HDMI into my NR809 in "Pure Direct" mode.
After several switching of the SACD (Elton John-Honky Chateau) I still have a slight nod toward the Sony. It seems to kick up the center channel just enough to really bring out the vocals in the song (not that he has the best singing voice LOL) and sounded just a little bit more "full" than the OPPO.
On the other hand, the conversion to PCM with stereo SACD's sounds much better than direct DSD.