Originally Posted by pbarach
How does the Oppo compare to the 3910 when you use analog (EXT IN) connections for both?
When setting up the Oppo I immediately disconnected the analog connections on the 3910, and therefore did not do an A-B (D-O) comparison. However this afternoon (when my wife was out of the house!) I did have a chance to play a DVD-A disk very loud on the Oppo using EXT-IN and it sounded superb - very powerful with a great soundstage. This was after I carefully balanced all of the EXT-IN channel levels yesterday using an analog Radio Shack sound meter.
I then played the same track on the Denon using D-Link. I actually had to turn it up a couple of notches to play at the same volume, probably because when setting up the Oppo I needed to add several db's to my front speakers to balance them with the center and surrounds. But to my ears the Denon sounded better balanced throughout the frequency range, with better extension in the upper frequencies. It also provided the benefit of being able to hear the rear surrounds (7.1 system) which you don't get using EXT-IN, for just about everything, including movies.
I realize, however, that this better frequency balance is probably purely a function of the room eq adjustments made in the receiver, which in my room make a big difference for a critical ear. Honestly, when I used the Denon playing through the EXT-IN's, I probably would be hard pressed to tell the difference, but again this was not an A-B comparision, more just from memory as I almost always used D-Link before getting the Oppo.
Your results would probably be very different if you had more of a perfect listening room. Same could be said if your room was less than ideal while using a receiver with HDMI/lossless decoding capability where room eq could be properly adjusted. If that's the case, I doubt you would be giving up much by substituting the Oppo for the 3910. At least for now, until I buy a new receiver, I plan to keep my 3910.