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Originally Posted by Cigarjohn47 View Post

Talking to the technical department at Oppo and asking if it's worth paying extra for the 105 compared to the 103, they told me that in general, 'NO'! It really depends on your situation. If you don't have a good receiver or pre-amp with the latest audio coding or just don't have a receiver, the 105 would be your best option since it was kind of built to replace a receiver with it's great audio and video processing. Plus it adds 7.1 surround. But in my case, since I own a DHC-80.3 and the video processing isn't too bad but the DHC has a high end audio processor in it, the 103 would be more suited to me according to the Oppo Tech. guy I talked too. He was very helpful and honest and not trying to convince me to purchase the more expensive player. I told him that I have the DHC-80.3 and he said that it was a high end audio pre-amp and the 103 is all that I needed. So I hope this helps you out. Also, you can call Oppo and talk to them and explain what you want to do and what type of equipment you have and they will be able to answer your questions. It's a toll free number.

Also, are you only going to use the Oppo for 2 channel audio? I presume your using it as a CD or music player? The reason I'm asking is if your connecting everything through Analog and you want to watch a DVD or Blu-Ray in 1080p/24, analog won't allow you to do that. I think analog will let you play in 480i only with no upscaling, but I might be mistaken. You will need to use the HDMI cable with Auto Return Channel or use two different HDMI Cables. One cable for the Audio Processing only and one cable to send the video directly to your monitor if you have older audio equipment that doesn't offer ARC. They usually refer to these type of equipment as Legacy Equipment. This is what Oppo told me. And to run 7.1 in analog, you will have to use the PCM function. But if your using it just for CD or SACD music, then the digital coax cable is all you would need.

I hope this helps you out some what. I'm sure others will correct you on my posting which is fine. If I learn something from this posting, than I accomplished everything.

And getting back to my original question about interconnects. Please disregard my past postings. My statements weren't clear enough and I ended up starting a fight which was totally wrong on my part.

Please let me start over again.

In my system, I used both the RCA and Balanced XLR connectors. In my findings, I wasn't able to find any difference in sound quality between the two. Now my cable distances are .5 meters from my Integra DTA-70.1 and DHC-80.3. And my subwoofer XLR is 2 meters away from my DHC. And it's true, for any distance greater than 25 feet, you should use balanced XLR instead of RCA. Now there are many different opinions out there comparing the differences between RCA and Balanced interconnects. For distances less then 6 feet, I really don't think you will be able to tell the difference. And the least amount of distance the signal has to travel, the better the signal will be. But there are many opinions out there on this subject and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm not going to say they are right or wrong. It's best if you try both connections and determine for yourself which is better or worthwhile. I prefer the XLR for two reasons. 1) They include a 3rd pin which is a ground pin. This will help prevent any ground loop noises or hum from your equipment if the electrical outlet or equipment your using isn't grounded properly. 2) I like the connectors on XLR. They seem to fit snugly and lock in place better than RCA. Though I have never encountered any problems with RCA cables. Meaning no corrosion or hum issues. I've even used the cheapest connections from radio shack all the way up to Kimber, Tara, Audioquest and Cardas cables. One cable I was able to test out was a Tara cable called the dragon cable. My friend owns an audio recording studio and let me borrow these crazy, gold $12,000.00 cables that were 1 meter long. $12k for a cable is insane. And comparing it to the cheaper radio shack cable, I can't tell the difference in sound quality. But that was my findings and you have to understand that I can't hear past 16kilo hertz or under 40hertz. So my ears aren't that perfect but what I did hear, sounded fantastic but equal between a $12k cable or a $20 cable. But that's just me. Others would beg the difference or tell me that my vintage tubed McIntosh Mono Audio Amps and my Bi-wired Bower and Wilkin 800 Diamond Speakers were of poor quality and I didn't know what I was doing or know how to connect my equipment up properly. But I'm not going to try to start another argument here and I really don't want to brag on the price of my equipment. There are many good speakers out there between $1K and $100K+ out there. To me, it's all about what your hear from them and the proper placement of them in your room. I've listened to speakers costing over $40k and I felt that my 800 Diamonds which were a little less than half that price sounded much better according to my ears. And I've jumped on a plane and traveled to many different audio stores around the country to test speakers out to see which one's would suit me the best. When spending over $15k+ on speakers, I'm not going to take the advice from a reviewer. I'm going to the manufacturer personally or to a reputable outlet that will allow me to test the speakers in many ampable configurations. But I'm sorry, I'm getting off track with my original posting. That is pretty much why i like the XLR over RCA interconnects. In my opinion neither one is better than the other.

I'm sorry to bore you with all this bs on my system/s. I can afford any type of equipment out there, but personally, I found that the Integra meets my needs the best and their DTA-70.1; for the money under $2k, has incredible, clean sound compared to other equipment costing over $6k but again, that's my opinion and my findings. To me, Integra/Onkyo makes some great products at an affordable price. And I feel that they are moving up in the audio world very quickly. Also they listen to their reviewers and if consistant problems occur with their equipment, they work right away to put out a firmware update and do their best to fix it. Not all audio companies will do that.

Anyway, take care and I wish you luck on your decision.

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Thanks for your reply CigarJohn47. I am using the oppo BDP-103 with HDMI for movies. Very happy with performance especially Blu-ray. My amp is the monster ADA MPA-501 which is THX certified. Thanks for sharing the info about the OPPO BDP-105.I know what you meant in regards to balanced and unbalanced cables. Thank You!
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There is no 'RED X' anywhere on my screen or anywhere that I can see. I've complained about that feature before a few months ago a I still haven't gotten a reply from the admins. But thanks for trying to help me out.

 You have not mentioned what OS & Browser that you are using. On my postings, in the lower left corner there is first an icon for editing your own post. Next is the red "X" to delete it. Note: I an using WinXP Pro & IE7.

post #3453 of 4252
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There is no 'RED X' anywhere on my screen or anywhere that I can see. I've complained about that feature before a few months ago a I still haven't gotten a reply from the admins. But thanks for trying to help me out.

 

You don't see this? :

 

 

 

What browser are you using?  Or are you connecting with a mobile device of some sort?  Sometimes they don't give the 'full experience' - for example when I use my iPad I don't see any signature blocks, even with it in Desktop mode for the AVS software.  Otherwise, you should be seeing the red X that I have circled in yellow.

post #3454 of 4252
Is anyone using the Oppo 105 with the DHC-80.3? Specifically the two channel analog to feed the 80.3 in direct mode. I was told the same by Oppo that the 103 was all I needed but I am wondering if the 105 option might be better.
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Edited by Cigarjohn47 - 2/5/13 at 10:18am
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Originally Posted by rocktober View Post

Thanks for your reply CigarJohn47. I am using the oppo BDP-103 with HDMI for movies. Very happy with performance especially Blu-ray. My amp is the monster ADA MPA-501 which is THX certified. Thanks for sharing the info about the OPPO BDP-105.I know what you meant in regards to balanced and unbalanced cables. Thank You!
Wow, that's a monster amp. How does it sound? 250 watts per channel sounds good. Is that into 8 ohms? My unit say's it will do 185 watts per channel into 8 ohms. My speakers are 6 ohms so I guess I can pump more than 200+ amps into them. Though I'm not going to take my system beyond 50 watts. My speakers are rated for 250 watts.

Also, I'm glad to hear your using it's HDMI ARC with movies. So I guess you have the HDMI with ARC setup up for movies and a seperate Coax for your CD's as well? I didn't know you can do both with that player.

I have a few questions for you about your 103 if you don't mind:

1) I know your playing Blu-Rays through your player, but are you also playing DVD's through it too?

2) What's the quality of the DVD's. Blu-Rays are perfect since the disc are uncompressed. I'm curious on your findings of DVD's.

3) What's the longest time you've used your 103 for movie playing? I'm asking you this question cause one of my friends purchased the 103 for testing purposes and after 2 hours of constant DVD viewing the quality started to diminish badly. And it kept getting worse every hour that went by. So he called Oppo up and they returned his money.

4) How much ventilation do you have for the 103. Is it enclosed in a cabinet or exposed like in a rack mount.

5) How long have you been using the 103.

Any information on your findings would be greatly appreciated. Maybe my friend happen to receive a bad player.

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Edited by Cigarjohn47 - 2/5/13 at 10:09am
post #3457 of 4252
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Originally Posted by jima4a View Post

Is anyone using the Oppo 105 with the DHC-80.3? Specifically the two channel analog to feed the 80.3 in direct mode. I was told the same by Oppo that the 103 was all I needed but I am wondering if the 105 option might be better.
I've talked to Oppo too about your situation as I had a very similar situation. They told me that since the 80.3 is a high end audio pre-amp, purchasing the 105 would be a waste of money. The 103 would be perfect for using it for video coding and letting the high end 80.3 do all your audio coding. And make sure your setting the 80.3 setting to 'THROUGH' so as to just let the 80.3 do all the audio coding and the 103 will handle the video coding. Also, don't forget to turn on your Dynamic EQ on you 80.3.

And one more thing, all you need is one HDMI going from your 103 to your DHC and another HDMI going from your DHC to your TV. Some people think they need to split up the signal and send a HDMI directly to the TV and another HDMI to the receiver. In reality; since the DHC and 103 are higher end units and both use the Auto Return Channel, splitting up the signal would be unnecessary unless you had an older receiver that wasn't able to handle the ARC. I just wanted to let you know about that if you didn't know.

Good luck with your decision.wink.gif
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Originally Posted by kbarnes701 View Post

You don't see this? :





What browser are you using?  Or are you connecting with a mobile device of some sort?  Sometimes they don't give the 'full experience' - for example when I use my iPad I don't see any signature blocks, even with it in Desktop mode for the AVS software.  Otherwise, you should be seeing the red X that I have circled in yellow.
;)No, I don't see the 'X'. All I can do is edit my post and report it to the admins. Just two icons not three as in your photo. I'm using the latest Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

It's o.k., what I'll start doing from now on is when I need to delete my post, I'll just edit it and erase everything then put a smiley face in that post and save it. It won't let me delete everything on that page and save it. So when you see smiley faces, that would mean I deleted my post in theory.

Thanks for trying to help me.
post #3459 of 4252
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;)No, I don't see the 'X'. All I can do is edit my post and report it to the admins. Just two icons not three as in your photo. I'm using the latest Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

It's o.k., what I'll start doing from now on is when I need to delete my post, I'll just edit it and erase everything then put a smiley face in that post and save it. It won't let me delete everything on that page and save it. So when you see smiley faces, that would mean I deleted my post in theory.

Thanks for trying to help me.

 I think that I read somewhere that Keith is using a Mac. What OS are you using? (I don't like AVS' new software!)

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 I think that I read somewhere that Keith is using a Mac. What OS are you using? (I don't like AVS' new software!)
Windows 7 64 and Google Chrome.wink.gif
post #3461 of 4252
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Originally Posted by Cigarjohn47 View Post

Wow, that's a monster amp. How does it sound? 250 watts per channel sounds good. Is that into 8 ohms? My unit say's it will do 185 watts per channel into 8 ohms. My speakers are 6 ohms so I guess I can pump more than 200+ amps into them. Though I'm not going to take my system beyond 50 watts. My speakers are rated for 250 watts.

Also, I'm glad to hear your using it's HDMI ARC with movies. So I guess you have the HDMI with ARC setup up for movies and a seperate Coax for your CD's as well? I didn't know you can do both with that player.

I have a few questions for you about your 103 if you don't mind:

1) I know your playing Blu-Rays through your player, but are you also playing DVD's through it too?

2) What's the quality of the DVD's. Blu-Rays are perfect since the disc are uncompressed. I'm curious on your findings of DVD's.

3) What's the longest time you've used your 103 for movie playing? I'm asking you this question cause one of my friends purchased the 103 for testing purposes and after 2 hours of constant DVD viewing the quality started to diminish badly. And it kept getting worse every hour that went by. So he called Oppo up and they returned his money.

4) How much ventilation do you have for the 103. Is it enclosed in a cabinet or exposed like in a rack mount.

5) How long have you been using the 103.

Any information on your findings would be greatly appreciated. Maybe my friend happen to receive a bad player.

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I have a 5.2 speaker system, all Definitive Technology. Mains BP-30, Surround BP-2004TL, Center CLR-3000, Subs(2) PF-1800. The center and surrounds have built in subs, the mains are rated at 8 ohms and 480 watts of recommended amplification. I could give them more juice but never felt the need using the MPA-501 amp. Regarding the oppo BDP-103, I am using HDMI 1 for BR and DVD and analog output for FLAC and CD fed into the Integra 80.3. I haven't played too many DVD's but the up conversion is about as good as can be given the format's 480 lines of rez. The oppo has a feature that splits the video and audio between HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 which is suppose to give the best performance but I haven't figured how to do that on the 80.3 because the integra has to feed a projector and a plasma.
Yesterday I played several hrs of FLAC and 2 ch CD then watched End of watch on BR with no issues. The oppo is in an open rack so ventilation issues aren't a problem. I haven't had the 103 very long...actually, 2 weeks, so maybe someone that's had there's longer can chime in on their experience with the unit.
post #3462 of 4252
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Originally Posted by Cigarjohn47 View Post

I've talked to Oppo too about your situation as I had a very similar situation. They told me that since the 80.3 is a high end audio pre-amp, purchasing the 105 would be a waste of money. The 103 would be perfect for using it for video coding and letting the high end 80.3 do all your audio coding. And make sure your setting the 80.3 setting to 'THROUGH' so as to just let the 80.3 do all the audio coding and the 103 will handle the video coding. Also, don't forget to turn on your Dynamic EQ on you 80.3.

And one more thing, all you need is one HDMI going from your 103 to your DHC and another HDMI going from your DHC to your TV. Some people think they need to split up the signal and send a HDMI directly to the TV and another HDMI to the receiver. In reality; since the DHC and 103 are higher end units and both use the Auto Return Channel, splitting up the signal would be unnecessary unless you had an older receiver that wasn't able to handle the ARC. I just wanted to let you know about that if you didn't know.

Good luck with your decision.wink.gif
I run HDMI1 to the display and HDMI2 to the 80.3 because of DSD that HDMI2 provides for SACD. I also have my cable box connected via HDMI to the 103 and I don't always have my audio system on (less heat) when watching TV.
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That's an interesting setup. How's the handshaking? Any delay problems between the two seperate HDMI hook-ups? Also, did you just try a single HDMI hook-up instead of two HDMI's and if so, what did you encounter? I was wondering if your went with a single HDMI hook-up and just connected the 103 to the HDMI2 on the DHC for DSD and send a HDMI1 to the display from the DHC. I wonder if that would work too.

I don't use SACD so I guess your hook-up wouldn't be needed for me.

And one more thing, any difference in connecting the cable box to the DHC instead of the 103. Trying to determine which is best for me and why.

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Who increases the sub and centre channel volume after using Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Interested knowing how many increase their set levels on the centre channel or sub after doing an 8 point calibration with XT32?

How much do you increase the centre channel by?

How much can you add to the sub before it seems to distort?
post #3465 of 4252
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Originally Posted by rocktober View Post

I have a 5.2 speaker system, all Definitive Technology. Mains BP-30, Surround BP-2004TL, Center CLR-3000, Subs(2) PF-1800. The center and surrounds have built in subs, the mains are rated at 8 ohms and 480 watts of recommended amplification. I could give them more juice but never felt the need using the MPA-501 amp. Regarding the oppo BDP-103, I am using HDMI 1 for BR and DVD and analog output for FLAC and CD fed into the Integra 80.3. I haven't played too many DVD's but the up conversion is about as good as can be given the format's 480 lines of rez. The oppo has a feature that splits the video and audio between HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 which is suppose to give the best performance but I haven't figured how to do that on the 80.3 because the integra has to feed a projector and a plasma.
Yesterday I played several hrs of FLAC and 2 ch CD then watched End of watch on BR with no issues. The oppo is in an open rack so ventilation issues aren't a problem. I haven't had the 103 very long...actually, 2 weeks, so maybe someone that's had there's longer can chime in on their experience with the unit.
Wow, a projection and a Plasma. Totally awesome. I like Def. Techs. stuff. I'm trying a brand new concept in my speaker configuration. All in-ceiling Def. Techs. Front L, R & C are RCS II's and the Sides and Rears are RSS II's. Some one else recommended to me that I should have used Triads instead of the Def. Techs. for in-ceiling installation. I'm curious how they are going to sound. If the sound is bad, then I'll just rip them out of the ceiling and install new speakers in stead of the in-ceiling concept. I hope all is well with my setup. When my construction is done, I'll post my construction from beginning to the end with my sound results. I was going to use the Def. Techs. Subs but Def. Tech. (Chet), told me that installing them in my cabinet wouldn't be good since I needed at least 6" of space on both sides of the sub to copensate for rattle. So I opted for the JL Audio Fathom F112 instead.

I only have room for a 7.1 system. I wish I had room for an additional sub. I'm also installing sound panels in the rear of the room. I hope they help in creating a better sound.wink.gif
post #3466 of 4252
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Originally Posted by RapalloAV View Post

Who increases the sub and centre channel volume after using Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Interested knowing how many increase their set levels on the centre channel or sub after doing an 8 point calibration with XT32?

How much do you increase the centre channel by?

How much can you add to the sub before it seems to distort?
I wish I can answer your question but at the time being I can't. But if you should ever have to do a recalibration of your 8 positions, I'd recommend trying 6 instead of 8. You would get a much more detailed and articulated sound then 8. 8 seems to give you more of a spacious sound which is okay if that's what your trying to achieve.wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Cigarjohn47 View Post

I wish I can answer your question but at the time being I can't. But if you should ever have to do a recalibration of your 8 positions, I'd recommend trying 6 instead of 8. You would get a much more detailed and articulated sound then 8. 8 seems to give you more of a spacious sound which is okay if that's what your trying to achieve.wink.gif

I still dont fathom your reasoning for this when many people pay a lot of money to buy the pro kit just to get many mic positions more than the 8 that comes with XT32....

I would like to hear from others that go for 6 positions rather than the 8, can you chip in please????
Edited by RapalloAV - 2/5/13 at 12:53pm
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There is no 'RED X' anywhere on my screen or anywhere that I can see. I've complained about that feature before a few months ago a I still haven't gotten a reply from the admins. But thanks for trying to help me out.

Sometimes different skins provide different features. You might try selecting "My Profile" (at top of page) --> "Account Setings" tab --> Site skin --> AVS Black. That's what I use with Firefox under Win7 Pro x64 , and I see the red X delete post option. I've used it a few times, too. smile.gif

Of course, it could be that IE and Chrome are what are hiding it from you. It's annoying that the different browsers interpret HTML slightly differently.
post #3469 of 4252
With regard to not getting enough bass and wanting to use the subwoofer when Direct is selected -- you might try enabling "Double Bass" (see page 53 of the manual).

While it can't do anything if you're using the multi-channel analog inputs, if you're using any of the other audio inputs, my understanding is that that setting is supposed to detect the low frequencies below the crossover settings of the various speaker channels and copy them to the subwoofer. It doesn't remove them from the other channels -- you have to enable bass management (turn off Direct) for that to happen. If the crossover settings are high, you'll get reinforcement of the lowest frequencies emitted by the main speakers. Alternatively, you can turn down the crossover frequency settings so the subwoofer only gets those frequencies below what the woofers in your other speakers can provide.
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Thanks Seldon for your help but I followed your advice and that didn't work either, but I really like the black background. It's much easier on my eyes. Thanks for that.

So, when I want to delete any of my posts, I'll just edit them, delete everything and just insert a smiley face and save it. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by calentz View Post

 You have not mentioned what OS & Browser that you are using. On my postings, in the lower left corner there is first an icon for editing your own post. Next is the red "X" to delete it. Note: I an using WinXP Pro & IE7.
I'm using the exact same OS as you and all I see is a pencil for editing and a red flag for reporting a post that may be abusive. That's all. No worries, I've created other solutions for my problem. Thanks for your help. Have a great day.smile.gif
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Originally Posted by kbarnes701 View Post

You don't see this? :





What browser are you using?  Or are you connecting with a mobile device of some sort?  Sometimes they don't give the 'full experience' - for example when I use my iPad I don't see any signature blocks, even with it in Desktop mode for the AVS software.  Otherwise, you should be seeing the red X that I have circled in yellow.
;)No, I don't see the 'X'. All I can do is edit my post and report it to the admins. Just two icons not three as in your photo. I'm using the latest Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

It's o.k., what I'll start doing from now on is when I need to delete my post, I'll just edit it and erase everything then put a smiley face in that post and save it. It won't let me delete everything on that page and save it. So when you see smiley faces, that would mean I deleted my post in theory.

Thanks for trying to help me.

 

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 I think that I read somewhere that Keith is using a Mac. What OS are you using? (I don't like AVS' new software!)

 

It's very odd. I am indeed using a Mac running the latest version of OS-X and I use Chrome too. I can’t imagine what would allow you to see two icons but not the third. It is most odd.

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Originally Posted by RapalloAV View Post

Who increases the sub and centre channel volume after using Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Interested knowing how many increase their set levels on the centre channel or sub after doing an 8 point calibration with XT32?

How much do you increase the centre channel by?

How much can you add to the sub before it seems to distort?

 

I never have felt any need to change any of the satellite speaker trims, including the centre. I boost my bass trim by 3dB which is enough for my taste and my room. The answer to your last question is "it depends" - on the sub capabilities, whether it has built-in protection or nor, the room, the SPLs you are after etc.

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Originally Posted by Cigarjohn47 View Post

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Originally Posted by RapalloAV View Post

Who increases the sub and centre channel volume after using Audyssey MultEQ XT32

Interested knowing how many increase their set levels on the centre channel or sub after doing an 8 point calibration with XT32?

How much do you increase the centre channel by?

How much can you add to the sub before it seems to distort?
I wish I can answer your question but at the time being I can't. But if you should ever have to do a recalibration of your 8 positions, I'd recommend trying 6 instead of 8. You would get a much more detailed and articulated sound then 8. 8 seems to give you more of a spacious sound which is okay if that's what your trying to achieve.wink.gif

 

It is possible that 6 positions might produce a better result than the recommended 8 positions, but it is not at all certain. Most people in the Audyssey thread find that the best results come from using the maximum number of positions which their version of Audyssey allows.

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You have to understand something, I was born with a black cloud over my head since the day I was born. In fact, sitting here typing to you in my bedroom, rain is pouring down on me right now. Luckily I have a tarp over my computer and myself or I would keep shorting out my computer.

I guess I was just born to be cursed 24/7. Oh well, you can't win them all. frown.gif

But thanks again for your help. Don't bother wasting your time anymore with my situation, I'm sure you have better ways to spend your time such as watch a surround sound movie. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Cigarjohn47 View Post

I've talked to Oppo too about your situation as I had a very similar situation. They told me that since the 80.3 is a high end audio pre-amp, purchasing the 105 would be a waste of money. The 103 would be perfect for using it for video coding and letting the high end 80.3 do all your audio coding. And make sure your setting the 80.3 setting to 'THROUGH' so as to just let the 80.3 do all the audio coding and the 103 will handle the video coding. Also, don't forget to turn on your Dynamic EQ on you 80.3.

And one more thing, all you need is one HDMI going from your 103 to your DHC and another HDMI going from your DHC to your TV. Some people think they need to split up the signal and send a HDMI directly to the TV and another HDMI to the receiver. In reality; since the DHC and 103 are higher end units and both use the Auto Return Channel, splitting up the signal would be unnecessary unless you had an older receiver that wasn't able to handle the ARC. I just wanted to let you know about that if you didn't know.

Good luck with your decision.wink.gif

I am using Integra 80.2. People say, there is not too much of a difference in SQ. But I never had a chance to compare side-by-side. Use Oppo-103. I personally think, if we are using processor like Integra or Anthem, 105 is not going to help us that much, other than making our bank account a bit lighter ...
Never tried direct Video till now. Will try.
BTW, I have been told by the Integra folks to turn off the Dynamic EQ and also try THX off (it is on now). But since you are suggesting to turn it on, will try that and see how it sound. Also interested to experiment more by setting Video thru Integra and using Oppo. I tried once, but couldn't find much difference. Have to recheck ...
Yes, having one HDMI coming Oppo to Integra and then one from Integra to TV works perfect. No problem at all. I have Elite 70 and it is professionally calibreated. Can't be happier with pics:).
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Is there an 80.4 coming anytime soon? My basement build will be done in a month and I hate having to buy year old technology.
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Does not appear this way, and nothing new at CES so I think the year old preamp will go for year 2.
The only new preamp I saw was the AV8801 by Marrantz.
post #3479 of 4252
Your correct. As I've talked to Oppo, for the quality of audio gear that we both have, the 105 would be a waste of money. The 103 for video processing is much better. Is your 80.2 firmware upgraded?

Now I was told, after doing the Audyssey calibration, you should turn off all the THX stuff but leave the Dynamic EQ on.

This June, I will be getting my Plasma and Audio professionally calibrated. But until then, I'm going to play around with it and compare my settings with the calibrator.
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Originally Posted by OzzieP View Post

Does not appear this way, and nothing new at CES so I think the year old preamp will go for year 2.
The only new preamp I saw was the AV8801 by Marrantz.

That's just plain annoying. Onkyo has a TX-NR5010 but no preamp version. Integra upgrade the DTR-70.3 to a 70.4, but not the 80.3. Are they trying to milk one more year out of the flagship units? What do you actually give up going from the 80.3 preamp to the 70.4 receiver? As far as I can tell, you only lose Audyssey pro(don't care, it still have XT32), 192/24 instead of 192/32 (will you even hear a difference?), the 70.4 doesn't say it upconverts sd nonhdmi to hdmi(that would stink, since I have an original Wii I want to use), only 3 zones vs 4 (I'm just getting a cheap denon for my other area so no biggie). You gain Instaprevue, MHL, and built in amps. Still no pass through of 4k content though!mad.gif Obviously there's virtually no 4K content, but it would be nice to not have to replace the preamp once 4k comes. I was so dead set on an 80.4, but with it nowhere in sight and the 70.4 still having no 4k pass through, I might need to look elsewhere. Bummer!
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