Originally Posted by coyote2
that might be true for me too...is there a competing product for not more than twice the price (which performs as well as the 95 may as a universal player, *and* has digital inputs for use as an outboard DAC)?
(I'm in the market for both functionalities, and would love not to buy them separately.)
I'm actually not aware of a single box solution at any price that is both a universal player and has digital (coax, optical, and/or HDMI) inputs. No DVD / Blu-ray / universal player from Ayre, Cambridge Audio, Denon, Lexicon, LG, Marantz, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony, etc. that I know of has a digital audio input (and many of those wouldn't be universal players anyway). Obviously some of the high end 2 box solutions have extra digital inputs, but that's getting well beyond twice the (rumored) price of the OPPO.
Perhaps a crazy idea... I haven't done much with DLNA yet so I'm not sure if it's supported by any existing DLNA server software, but would it be possible to accomplish a digital input that would satisfy your needs via DLNA? The DLNA server would need to support streaming digital input from the sound card in the PC in a format the OPPO supports via DLNA. If you're looking to use the DAC's in the OPPO for sources like a Cable TV box, this might work just fine if you plan to use DLNA for other purposes with the OPPO. Just a crazy idea, so don't shoot me if it isn't workable