I want to use the 105 as the only component for digital sources directly via XLRs to two separate mono power amps into Sound Labs U-1 electrostatics. I will use the digital volume control option in the Oppo.
(I shall not use any other video or audio outputs.. I plan on turning the video stage off)
Is there any way I can set this system up for sources such as USB, wired Ethernet, silver disks) without having to have an ugly TV display permanently in the room?
For setup, can I use the USB , WLAN or LAN to send the OPPO display menus to a laptop since I may also use this as a source? If not, can I connect the OPPO to a TV temporarily will it remember the settings after I dispose of the TV?
Can I operate the OPPO once set up without the display perhaps using the remote only? Recall I am using it as a volume control and a source selector.
Volume and Input selection can be done using the Front Panel Display and the remote (no video Display needed). For Input selection, you need to remember the list that comes up on a Display when you press the Input button. If you want the 3rd line of that list then the 2 button combo Input-3 will do that; no display needed to see the list.
At present, there is no way to view feedback from the OPPO on some separate control device. Whether that changes when OPPO publishes the enhanced network control protocols for the player remains to be seen. The worst problem will be the inability to view disc menus from, for example, Blu-ray music discs such as the ones sold by 2L. That is, a new IP control protocol may let the secondary device show you which track is playing and the current time code, but it still won't be able to show the menus the disc itself would put up on a display because there's no way to render the video back out through the network to that secondary device.
For music files contained on a DLNA server, you can use a Digital Media Controller app to push playback to the OPPO as a Digital Media Renderer. The Controller app controls the playback through the DLNA server and provides whatever feedback that pairing allows.