Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
Really? Look at all the high-end SACD players with only 2 channel outputs. See Esoteric or Marantz Reference for examples.
I really like Oppos but they aren't really "high end," at least, yet.
2 channel analog ain't going away as fast as multichannel analog outputs.
I don't think oppo 96 hi end either. But my point obviously missed on you is that they have gone to a lot of cost and effort to introduce the 95 which really only brings benefits over analog.
What high end bd players do we have ? A few overpriced oppo clones that have been badge engineered.theres the marantz and denon mid and top end players all have analog outputs.
The marantz sa players your talking about, ie 15, 11 & 7 have from day one been 2ch players. Ken Ishiwata of marantz when interviewed clearly iterated the sole basis of these players was 2 ch analog to appeal to the not to be underestimated Japanese audiophile market. These are pure analog output players to belong in pure analog systems.
I couldn't give two hoots about analog Multi channel. Have mucked around for years with legacy non hdmi gear and Multi ch analog players. And best thing did was upgrade to hdmi capability. On not just this forum and others have suggested to do the same to people. Including gbaby here with his legacy processor. Multi channel analog had its place in those transition years so you could get by using your existing avr or processor. Most so many years later have upgraded to make that mch analog capability redundant. Some die hards I guess continue to hang onto their legacy processors but I agree with you in coming years their choices will likely diminish.
Re 2ch analog that ain't going away at all kal. I know forums I visit people buying players like the oppo 95 just for the better 2ch analog over the run of the mill Sony Panasonic lg etc throwaways. Many want a universal player they can use over hdmi and also couples via analog for 2ch
2ch and analog very much alive and well. Haven't seen any signs of that diminishing or going away now or in the future.