Originally Posted by tme110
You can just look up how a USB DAC works and it's the same exact thing. . . . And the asynch part is the same as the high-end high-level USB DACs out right now. You can just plug a usb drive or any other usb hard drive into and and play music right from it. When the oppo starts you just hit the (MUSIC) icon then if you have a blu- ray disk and a usb drive connected to it it will show both on the screen, so you select the hard drive and then pick whatever song or album you want to play.
Question from an Oppo 83SE owner who uses it for CDs and DVDs only.
My music files --- all WAV format --- are on my hard drive in a Windows 7 computer. A long Toslink optical cable runs from the computer room under the floor into the Toslink input on my Marantz 6003 receiver. The music on the computer is controlled by the quite-comprehensive "Media Monkey" program. I have an Oppo 83SE, but it is not used for these purposes.
I well understand that the DACs in the new Oppo 105 are likely superior to whatever is in my Marantz 6003 receiver. I believe I am understanding that I could run the Toslink optical cable from the computer motherboard to the Toslink input of the new Oppo 105, which, in turn, would be connected to the Marantz receiver via analog cables (as is the case with my current Oppo 83SE). All in all, the only change would be the insertion of the Oppo 105, as an outboard DAC, in the path from computer to receiver.
Do I have this correct so far?
So now I further understand (see quote above), that I could copy the music files on my computer to an external/portable hard drive having a USB output, then connect the portable hard drive DIRECTLY into the Oppo 105 --- thereby no need to boot up the computer. But here's the REAL question: How, minus Media Monkey (or other such program), would one control the playing of music files? Unless Oppo has some sort of built-in program, it seems that the only manner to select and play files is through a Windows-like file manager --- quite cumbersome, to say the least.