Tonight with the Compli Blu 3D:
(1) Played some of Roy Orbison SACD over HDMI into CB3 HD (with the new digital out card to Gen VIII Series 3 DAC, otherwise CB3 HD has Extreme DACs for other channels) - as I found 1.5 years ago with the Oppo 93 and then with the Theta Compli Blu, the SACD sound over HDMI is rather lifeless and flatty sounding, compared to DVD-Audio or even redbook CD. Why? First, the Compli Blu and Compli Blu 3D use the Oppo, on which they are built, mechanism which loses some of the SACD resolution and outputs over HDMI at 88 kHz. This is why ripping SACDs to a hard drive played by the Bryston BDP-1 Media Player sound so good in comparison.
(2) Played some Neil Young and Roy Orbison DVD-Audio discs (both 96-24) from Compli Blu 3D into CB3 HD - sound very, very good, stereo or multi-channel.No complaints here and I have number of DVD-Audio discs that I may play from time to time if I am so fancied!
(3) Played some of the Stevie Wonder blu ray, which is 48-24 both stereo and multi-channel. Blu ray sounds better than ever whether multi-channel or stereo. I can listen to blu ray music on my system and never look back!@@ I have ripped this blu ray to hard drive for the stereo 48-24 PCM track. I switched between the Bryston BDP-1 medial player and the Theta Compli Blu 3D. My gut impression is that the BDP-1 wins but frankly, by a small margin, one that I would hardly notice unless I was A-Bing. Soundstage, vocals, dynamics, microdynamics, "gut" feeling of the music, all excellent with BDP-1 or Theta Compli Blu 3D, with perhaps the BDP-1 prevailing by a hair or two. Gee, HDMI and jitter, one would think that the BDP-1 could beat the Compli Blu 3D by more than just a hair or two! The Compli Blu 3D certainly acquitted itself very well indeed.
I have all my blu rays with stereo tracks ripped to hard drive. So over the next few weeks, as I have time and inclination, I will be doing some more comparisons, Compli Blu 3D vs BDP-1, for redbook, 48-24, and 96-24, using the CB3 HD with its new digital out card to the Gen VIII Series 3 DAC. Hold your horses and you will hear from me later with more on this.