Originally Posted by Steve Bruzonsky
Nick, I don't understand. You have a real nice Denon surround processor. Why not have a Denon universal player and use the Denon link for SACD and DVD-A instead of using the Sony player which is stereo analog out?
I can use the 5400ES single disc player for SACD via HDMI. But my system is built around DVD and CD multi-dics changers, controlled by an Escient interface, since I hate switching discs. And, for the most part, I don't even use the 5400ES player except ocasionally, relying there on the analog outputs of the Sony DVP-CX777ES (400 disc ES changer).
By using the Sony for SACD, does your Denon do a straight bypass of the analog, or does the Denon convert to digital and then back to analog?
I can do either, but I permit the a/d conversion, and then d/a.
Just seems that Denon touts their Denon link as superior performance, technically it makes sense, so why not do that?
It probably is a bit better to go straight via HDMI. But we're now talking the difference of how many angels dance on the head of a pin, and it's really not enough to make me abort my system preference, i.e., all media controlled by multi-disc changers, using an Escient interface as the control method.
I use a Crestron control system to control all the components, as it gets fairly complicated, particularly when you're daisy-chaining. I also have Zone 2activated, so that I can access either my music or DVD collection from elsewhere in the house. With 1500 DVDs, and about 1000 CDs (and another 200 SACDs), being able to pipe things out is important to me. As soon as the Escient is upgraded to be able to control the new Sony BD changer, I'll activate Zone 3 as well, as there's another place in the house I want to access the media from.
I've done numerous A/B tests over the years with single disc players to ES changers, and I've concluded that if I'm missing something going down my preferred route, it's miniscule, if it exists. That's particularly true since I use the digital output for audio going to my processor.
Now that Sony has recently released its long awaited BD changers, I can treat Blu-ray the same way I've been treating DVD and CD for the last seven years.