Well, it does kick out DTS in 7.1, just not Dolby. They said it was a money issue for the license, not an intention issue. So someone using a 7.1 system that wants all channels for 5.1 Dolby material (which is a LOT of stuff) is forced back to HDMI to use a pre-pro and PLIIx, which sort of defeats the point of the extra $500 for analog outputs with kick-ass DACs. This is pretty basic. So cool if your a 5.1 guy using the analog Oppo DACs. Not so cool if your a 7.1 guy.
So then if you are forced to use HDMI for Dolby, then you can't get a decent setup for 2-channel SACD playback in DSD either. You need to pull the HDMI cable out each time or use the menu to shut off the audio on the HDMI each time you use a SACD -- if you want DSD. That is just weak to me.
The when Oppo tech suggested I somehow plug my Subwoofer directly into the back of the Oppo - well ... I think they have lost their way.
Another solution would be a whole different player for Dolby. Then the 95 could be used conveniently for true 7.1 material and SACDs, and the other one could be used for Dolby. I just though of that. Maybe that is my best solution. It seems weak though.
I'm not planning on selling this one early to spite myself. I'm just saying I'm not planning on ever buying another. This is my third one between my OK and high-end systems. On my OK system, when I went 3d, I bought a Sony. That one seems 95% as good.
Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
^ Sorry you feel that way of course, but the 95 was never intended to also be a surround sound processor (e.g., raise 5.1 content to 7.1 speakers output). There's another thread here where people have been posting suggestions for things they'd like to see OPPO add in future players. As for the pricing, it is what it is. Most folks think the 95 is a bargain for what it DOES do. For example, I expect you'll have little problem getting a good price when you sell your used 95.