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howdy,
I've been mulling over for a while buying an oppo bd93 v buying a DAC for my existing components.
Currently, i have a Denon DVD-1920 which was my universal player until blu-ray came along. My blu-ray is just a cheap Sony BDP BX57.
Here is my problem, i need to be able to play all formats. I love the sound of the Denon and don't want to get rid of it, but it doesn't do blu-ray (neil young's archives, pink floyds immersion editions both have bluray audio). The Sony is lacking in the audio dept, and doesn't do DVD-A. I am also short of analog inputs on my amp (i have an integrated amp and do not have surround sound at all just plain old stereo). So currently the blu-ray goes into the digital input of my tascam cd burner right now, i am basically using that as a DAC (it's not that good), and i listen to it via the analog outs on that instead of it's own.
Looking around i can see the oppo bd-93 which has great video performance, but people seem to think it lacks a little in the audio dept, especially when compared to the oppo 95 which i can't afford.
The cambridge audio dacmagic gets great reviews.
so my quandary is whether to buy a one size fits all player, or keep what i've got and plug them into a DAC. I do not do multichannel audio, just stereo, and the vast majority of my music is cd rather than dvd-a or sacd.
I understand that the sacd/dvd-a digital audio on the denon and sony would probably be down-sampled on it's way out, so i'm wondering if a dac would do anything at all for them (then again i've got 20 sacd's and 2000 cd's)
would i be better off getting the oppo or buying a dac?

anybody got any thoughts on which way to go??
post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by wilfsdad1965 View Post

howdy,
I've been mulling over for a while buying an oppo bd93 v buying a DAC for my existing components.
Currently, i have a Denon DVD-1920 which was my universal player until blu-ray came along. My blu-ray is just a cheap Sony BDP BX57.
Here is my problem, i need to be able to play all formats. I love the sound of the Denon and don't want to get rid of it, but it doesn't do blu-ray (neil young's archives, pink floyds immersion editions both have bluray audio). The Sony is lacking in the audio dept, and doesn't do DVD-A. I am also short of analog inputs on my amp (i have an integrated amp and do not have surround sound at all just plain old stereo). So currently the blu-ray goes into the digital input of my tascam cd burner right now, i am basically using that as a DAC (it's not that good), and i listen to it via the analog outs on that instead of it's own.
Looking around i can see the oppo bd-93 which has great video performance, but people seem to think it lacks a little in the audio dept, especially when compared to the oppo 95 which i can't afford.
The cambridge audio dacmagic gets great reviews.
so my quandary is whether to buy a one size fits all player, or keep what i've got and plug them into a DAC. I do not do multichannel audio, just stereo, and the vast majority of my music is cd rather than dvd-a or sacd.
I understand that the sacd/dvd-a digital audio on the denon and sony would probably be down-sampled on it's way out, so i'm wondering if a dac would do anything at all for them (then again i've got 20 sacd's and 2000 cd's)
would i be better off getting the oppo or buying a dac?

anybody got any thoughts on which way to go??

Get a receiver on used market - $400-500 will gives you a 3 years old (non-3D) unit, with original price at $1000, with HDMI inputs. Then get Oppo 93. Total will come at $1000, but will serve all your needs for the next several years.
post #3 of 5
rip your media and buy a decent quality digital media streamer for $300. This will be your most flexible solution
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Originally Posted by mlknez View Post

rip your media and buy a decent quality digital media streamer for $300. This will be your most flexible solution

Oppo (either 93 or 95) can serve as network media player too.
post #5 of 5
The solution is the OPPO BDP-95, which does it ALL with top performance in every area, especially audio formats.



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Originally Posted by wilfsdad1965 View Post

howdy,
I've been mulling over for a while buying an oppo bd93 v buying a DAC for my existing components.
Currently, i have a Denon DVD-1920 which was my universal player until blu-ray came along. My blu-ray is just a cheap Sony BDP BX57.
Here is my problem, i need to be able to play all formats. I love the sound of the Denon and don't want to get rid of it, but it doesn't do blu-ray (neil young's archives, pink floyds immersion editions both have bluray audio). The Sony is lacking in the audio dept, and doesn't do DVD-A. I am also short of analog inputs on my amp (i have an integrated amp and do not have surround sound at all just plain old stereo). So currently the blu-ray goes into the digital input of my tascam cd burner right now, i am basically using that as a DAC (it's not that good), and i listen to it via the analog outs on that instead of it's own.
Looking around i can see the oppo bd-93 which has great video performance, but people seem to think it lacks a little in the audio dept, especially when compared to the oppo 95 which i can't afford.
The cambridge audio dacmagic gets great reviews.
so my quandary is whether to buy a one size fits all player, or keep what i've got and plug them into a DAC. I do not do multichannel audio, just stereo, and the vast majority of my music is cd rather than dvd-a or sacd.
I understand that the sacd/dvd-a digital audio on the denon and sony would probably be down-sampled on it's way out, so i'm wondering if a dac would do anything at all for them (then again i've got 20 sacd's and 2000 cd's)
would i be better off getting the oppo or buying a dac?

anybody got any thoughts on which way to go??
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