If you don't want to read the whole thread, skip to some of my later posts like here and here. Hint: the answer to my question is "Yes", DenonLink3rd matters in that it improves music SQ. AnyDenonLink4th player/AVR is backwards compatible to DL3rd.
The following Denon players have DenonLink3rd (which adds MC SACD capability) are often available used at reasonable prices:
DVD-2930CI-not recommended as it has poroblems reading the SACD layer of hybrid SACDs
Hey guys, if I've missed a thread on this elsewhere please let me know. I have an AVR A100, which is DL4 capable. Currently I spin my shiny discs on an OppoBDP83SE connected via HDMI. I must say the system sounds great for BR (bitstreamed), SACD (DSD sent to A100 for decoding) and DVDA. Most redbook CDs reveal a big step down for SQ, though exceptionaly well-recorded ones are listenable. I've done some reading in the DBP-4010UDCI thread and elsewhere on this topic and would specifically like to hear from those with experience.
I do not care about DACs or video processing in the player, I'm just looking for the best digital transport/transmission to my AVR.
1. Would Denon Link offer audibly better SQ than what I have?
2. If so, does that apply to some media (such as RBCDs) more than others (BR)? If so, could you recommend a DL3 capable player that would fit the bill?
3. If not, are there less expensive DL4 capable players than the DBP-4010UDCI? IOW how cheap is the buy-in?
I would love to hear from those who have done the A/B test of DL4 ON vs OFF for BR.
Same for those who have done the A/B test of DL3 vs HDMI and SPDIF for SACD, DVDA and RBCD.
Edited by SoundofMind - 7/1/12 at 10:00am