Originally Posted by Ejs71
First, is the sound better when you use the analog (RCA) outputs for the receiver? I have an Elite SC-61 and there's no analog input for surround. I've heard it's pointless to have the Oppo in this case, cause you won't get the "full benefit" of the Oppo's sound. (so i bought it anyway:cool:) I'm using the hdmi cord that came with the player in the hdmi 1 port, into the BD hdmi port on the back of the Elite. And HDMI from the Elite to a Panasonic 60GT50.
Stick with HDMI. Even though the BDP-93's analog outputs are very good, you're generally better off using HDMI when possible - especially if you want to use the room correction features in your receiver. The BDP-95 has even better analog outputs than the BDP-93 and it's sort of silly to purchase the 95 instead if you aren't going to use the analog outputs. But there's a lot more to the Oppo's than just the analog outputs.
Second, would it be worth upgrading the power cord? Ive heard an upgraded power cord (like and Audioquest NRG) would make a world of difference in the sound. Thoughts?
Save your money and use the stock power cord. I only use different power cords if I need something shorter or longer to keep my cabling tidy, but I don't use anything expensive - I usually use the Middle Atlantic power cords as they're available in various lengths (12", 18", 2', 3', etc.).
Lastly. Are there any audio or video settings I need to be aware of for optimum sound?
For the most part, the default settings on the Oppo should be fine. I set HDMI audio to bitstream instead of Auto.
.. or on my Elite for that matter.
There's probably a thread for your receiver in the receiver forum - I'd ask there.