Considering a BDP-105 to use as a preamp to control my home theater system and for two-channel playback as well. I only have a few HDMI devices, which the Oppo should be able to accommodate. Does the Oppo properly handle the DirecTV HR34? I have read in a few places that certain channels like HBO and other protected content may not display, even if you have a valid subscription. Also, does the Oppo properly handle fast forward, rewind, commercial skip etc. Some players lose the audio after using these commands. Has anyone experienced loud pops or thumps when changing audio format or audio source.
It seems like too good of a deal if it can do everything it is reported to do at the price. It uses better DACs than just about any conventional preamp-processor available on the market. Most DACs using the SABRE chip, like the Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2, get rave reviews for two-channel performance when used as a digital preamp, so it would seem to me that the Oppo has the ability to do the same. However, if it has a lot of operational quirks, it may not be worth it. Therefore, before I buy I was hoping to get some opinions on whether it is operationally sound. So many units have dropouts, pops, etc.