Originally Posted by Tune_man
I would be getting the OPPO to upgrade to Blu-Ray as I currently don't have a Blu-Ray player so a one box solution is very appealing. Sometimes a lot of money can be spent for very little or no improvement (a major step sideways?). I agree that differences can be very subtle in the digital world.
Thanks palmfish for your input. Seems like you think I won't have to break the bank on a digital ( S/PDIF or TOSLINK) cable. Seems like there is more difference in sound with analog cables than with digital, has that been your experience?
I don't think there is a difference in sound with any cables unless your runs are 100' or longer - for which I would consider XLR connection instead. Not an issue for a home system like yours though... No, I use $3.00 RCA cables from Monoprice and they work just great.
I think the one box solution is a great idea, but a couple pieces are missing from your puzzle. You said you currently have your DVD player connected to a 2-channel preamp. What do you use for multi-channel audio and video currently? Since your primary goal is to upgrade to BluRay, unless you have a modern pre/pro you won't be able to enjoy the newer lossless audio codecs without a multi-channel pre/pro, so it might be wiser to invest in a new pre/pro with a built-in high quality DAC instead. Use it as your "audio hub" instead of an "oppo BDP-105." Here's my thinking:
The upgrade to BluRay is the signal that it's time to upgrade to HDMI. With HDMI all of your audio and video travel through one cable in glorious lossless high resolution from your media source to your pre/pro. Instead of spending 4 figures on the Oppo BDP-105, consider buying a high end Pioneer Elite or Denon AVR instead. These will have high quality DACs built in and more importantly, automatic room correction EQ. You can route all of your analog and digital sources to the AVR which will become the central hub for all of your sources. For BluRay, just buy an inexpensive Panasonic player and connect via HDMI.
So... keep your Denon DVD player and hook it up via analog RCA for continued 2-channel music enjoyment. Use the cheap BluRay player connected via HDMI for all your multi-channel audio/video (once you hear your first BluRay audio disc your DVD player will start collecting dust!). Connect your Squeezebox via TOSLINK and you're good to go.
I know I'm skipping ahead but I'm assuming your move to BluRay includes some kind of multi-channel audio upgrade with it. If not, then there's a different path to talk about... Edited by palmfish - 7/5/13 at 8:21am