This is the BDP-95 thread. That player adds audiophile
DACs on the analog
outputs. The idea is those would be better than the DACs of your pre-pro, except for super high end pre-pros. If you are going to go back to processing on your pre-pro, that defeats the value of the 95. So 5 years ago, maybe the analog was in case your pre-pro didn't have lossless processing. But now its more to get a higher quality DAC performance. If none of that matters, then get a 93, or a cheaper player. If you don't have a 7.1 system, then none of this matters to you. But it does to me. My room is set up for 7.1. That was done 13 years ago and would be tough to change now.
The new Oppo does have Neo:6, but they only put it in for stereo to multi-channel, not to fill in the rears. So the easiest way, and probably the best way, to implement 7.1 is from HDMI on your pre-pro. So that is back to where I started - i see no need ot buy another Oppo. This is my 3rd. I'm getting very little value over a basic blu ray model. Maybe some 2-channel SACDs. DTS for sure is spot on will all 7 channels.
Speaking of music, I have rush 2112 in DTS-MA in my bag from work. I'm glad they choose DTS, so I get all 7 channels from the Oppo. I'm going to check it out now.
On the TV, back in the day I looked for anamorphic DVDs to use all those pixels. Now I have plenty of pixels.
Originally Posted by AVfile
What about movies that don't use all the pixels on your TV - does that bother you too?
Seriously though, if 7.1 is that important you just need to make sure you have the right preamp/processor. Something from Lexicon on the used market would do quite nicely, if you want to keep the '95. I don't know if any universal
players have Neo:6 or PLIIx analog out. The flagship Panasonic might, or you could add a cheap Sony just for movies, but how many 7.1 channel inputs does your current preamp have?