In general, Stereophile does not do feature reviews on multichannel equipment and JA's bench testing is restricted to products in feature reviews. My column was created to cover such products.
Originally Posted by MLM View Post
I am not a subscriber so I went to the web site to see what it takes to get a full review (with measurements) in the category: Hi-Rez Disc Player/Transport Reviews.
There, on the first page I found the following, each with a Thesaurus load of accolades describing their sonics:
Playback Designs $15,000
AFAIK, those are all 2-channel devices.
Actually, that's not exactly correct, and the policy therefore is not exactly neutral.
The Luxman is a multichannel analog out unit. The Ayre is an HDMI out multichannel unit.
But that's not even the point. As everyone around here knows, whatever else the Oppo may do it is used by many as a two channel unit and promoted by Oppo as specially designed and especially effective as a two channel unit featuring "Dedicated Stereo Output with XLR Balanced Connectors". It has been reviewed elsewhere as a two channel unit.
Notwithstanding our particular interest, the Oppo is an important factor on the STEREO market, probably a lot more so by any standard one would care to name than some of the kilobuck models listed. It's just too convenient IMO for Stereophile to consign Oppo to Kal's column and not have to compare measurements and sound in detail to the expensive boys.