Originally Posted by cje
Does anyone here use the Oppo BDB-83 with their 4810CI?
I'm trying to decide if I should be getting the standard or the SE version, and so I guess the question is: which unit has the better D/A converters - Oppo or 4810?
If the 4810 was superior in this area, it would not make any sense at all to get the 83SE, right? I have to admit, I'm a little bit slow to the blu-ray scene, but I'd like to upgrade my current DVD-based universal player (Pioneer 47A) to something that can play everything.
I listen to a lot of high resolution audio, both SACD and DVD-A (mono, stereo, and multi-channel), for what it's worth.
There is a lot more to sound quality than DAC's... power supplies, design, etc... the SE seems to be a winner in this regard, and might have an advantage over the 4810...
I went the route of having two players, one of them being a Denon DVD player with Denon Link that passes DVD-A, SACD and CD using a locked clock, which virtually eliminates jitter (I have a 4310...) It is an amazing combo. You can also go with the 4010 Denon BR, but it is much more expensive than the Oppo, and you probably get similar, if not better, performance from the analog side.
However, you must also factor in the ability to use Audyssey in your room as well.... if you like the EQ and room correction it brings, you will need to re-digitize the analog inputs, thus adding two more stages to the audio processing.. if you know you will need room correction, the SE's advantage must fade away and the regular 83 will do you just fine.
Also, I've heard (perhaps mistakenly) that not all the sounds come through the HDMI cable from blu-ray players, and that some sounds are only available via the analog outs. Is this true, and could someone shed some light on this for me?
That is false.
An HDMI 1.3a equipped player can pass all of the BR approved codecs, as well as PCM, DVD-A (decoded as PCM) and DSD from SACD's over HDMI.