Originally Posted by dmusoke
One of the very few balanced reviews by Brian Bloom of the BDP-105 with plusses and minuses most users experience in normal usage
"Just for fun I directly connected the 105 to my amplifier and bypassed my preamplifier/processor entirely. [...] There are quite a few limitations however."
"At 0 there was no sound, but at a setting of 1 (of 100) it was already louder than some might like (when listening at low levels)."
I question this. Has anyone with a direct connection between the 105 and power amps had the same experience? If not, could you perhaps email the author?
"Some of the other issues may include: (1) Inability to use surround modes like Dolby Pro-Logic on DD 2.0 tracks. These would be common on older films, satellite TV, etc. (2) No processing choices for music that some people like (aside from the DTS Neo option) like 5-channel stereo, club modes, etc. (3) Not enough source inputs. A game system, satellite box and you are already full up on the HDMI inputs (assuming you use the front and if not, then only one source via HDMI). (4) No analog upconversion/scaling/video processing as there are no analog inputs. For those with a Wii, laserdisc player, VCR, etc. this could be an issue. (5) One of the biggest reasons for many people not to do this is the inability to do any sort of room correction using Audyssey, ARC, YPAO, MCACC, Room Perfect, Trinnov, and any others I forgot without an external processor and multiple A/D D/A processes. (6) Ability to have different subwoofer levels for different surround modes and/or the ability to run multiple subs at different levels or (electronic) crossover frequencies."
Points (1), (2), and (5) seem like reasons not to get a 105 at all. I don't see what they have to do with directly connection to amps vs. going through a processor. A processor would be required for 1, 2, and 3, but in that case the analog outputs of the 105 are useless because they'll just be subjected to a A/D/A conversion.
It sounds like he doesn't really understand the point of the 105, and should focus on reviewing the 103.
I don't get his point (6).
His point (3) can be addressed with an HDMI switch, but he's correct that more HDMI inputs could make the 105 more flexible.