Originally Posted by rdgrimes
An excellent point, though not relevant to the BM question asked.
But people do need to be aware that feeding the stereo analog out from this player to any stereo analog input of most AVRs and pre-pro will result in an additional A-D -> D-A conversion process which negates any benefits from the DAC in the player. Even in "direct" mode, some AVRs may still be doing the conversions.
This player really should be considered mainly for pure analog systems.
Ok, so let's sum this up as it applies to these two critical parameters:
(1) assume an A/V receiver purchased specifically for its better-than-average sounding two-channel music reproduction (such as Arcam 600, NAD 775/785, or the Marantz 6003/7002/8002), and
(2) assume that the stereo speaker system is NOT full range, but very high quality monitors coupled with an appropriate subwoofer.
In such a system, the subwoofer is connected to the SW output on the receiver, and the Bass Management function of the receiver is engaged.
Now along comes this new Oppo 83SE. Yes, we read on Oppo's website that the new DACs are intended as an upgrade only where the analog outputs of the Oppo are utilized. Got it.
However, if the receiver's Bass Management is in operation, and if it is correct that this is a digital function, not analog, then this means that there is an additional analog-to-digital conversion, which, in turn, means that the upgraded DACs and additional $400 of the Oppo 83SE are wasted, and ultimately no better than the standard Oppo 83. Is that about it?
If so, what a shame. I've listened to TERRIFIC, higher-end music systems that incorporated speaker configurations of monitor pair coupled with an excellent subwoofer.