Originally Posted by Tapidlittle
What about the performance when using the multichannel analog outputs to an old receiver without HDMI?
I'm asking because I have a PS3 connected in SPDIF to my Denon AVR-3803, of course I can't listen to the lossless tracks.
I was questionning myself if it would be a nice upgrade to get the Oppo and use it with the analog outputs, this way I would be able to listen to the lossless tracks.
With SPDIF, I only get 640kbps for True HD tracks. For DTS, it's 1.5mbps which is a great improvement over True HD.
It's hard to say how much of an improvement you might hear, if any. Those high-bitrate lossy tracks sound a lot better than standard DVDs. And while you'd be getting lossless audio from the Oppo, you'd be giving up whatever digital processing your Denon is contributing to the sound of your system, and trading it for the rather rudimentary versions of bass management and speeaker timing offered by the Oppo.
On my system, for example, it's important that I be able to set a different crossover frequency for the center channel than for the mains and surrounds, and yet a different one for the rear surrounds. The Oppo only offers one freq for all speakers. Also on my system I have Audyssey room correction, which contributes signivicantly, but would be bypassed using analog inputs.
There are other factors to consider, such as whether you might hear a difference between the DACs in each device, and how revealing your speakers are of very subtle characteristics in the sound.
Personally, I'd save my money towards an AVR upgrade if I already had a BD player. Modern AVRs with HDMI and room correction really can make a bigger difference than the subtle one between lossless/analog and high-bitrate lossy in many situations.