Don't overlook the Vertical MOS-FETs used in the Power Output stages!!!!
Inherently more linear than conventional transistors means they "need"
less feedback, which means lower "Transient Distortion" in the Amp, to go
along with the much lower Transient Intermodulation Distortion in my
Planar Mids and Ribbon Tweets (very low mass is easier to control):http://jockohomo.net/data/7470.pdf
[See refs at bottom].
Although it was VERY Pricey, my new Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-Ray Player routes ALL of the
NEW loss-less, uncompressed audio formats out the rear 5.1 Discrete Analog RCA Jacks,
which are connected direct to VSX-1015 (and CAN NOT be output via Optical/Coax I/F):http://oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-9...-Features.aspxhttp://watershade.net/wmcclain/BDP-93-faq.html
ALSO means I don't have to get up to enable/disable the 5.1 Multi-Ch Input!!!
So I don't need to upgrade to an HDMI v.1.4a capable AVR just to decode new formats!!!!
Oppo includes the "old" SACD, DVD-Audio, HDCD (FINALLY!!!!) and the new formats,
such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. So basically I spent $$$'s to save $$'s.
Note that the Oppo uses the latest and greatest audio decoder chips which overcome
the shortcomings in chips found in my early Universal SACD/DVD-Audio Players (2 ea).
It also uses a very high quality decoder for standard compressed Dolby and DTS, which
have a low enough data rate to fit on Optical or SPDIF Coax I/F:
2.8Mhz (Fs=44.1kHz), 2Mhz (Fs=32kHz) and 3.1Mhz (Fs=48kHz).
My 1-yo Panasonic 3DTV & 3D Blu-Ray Player didn't come with DLNA like this year's models.
DLNA Whole Home Networking was one of features forcing an upgrade so that I could watch
media files located on my PC:http://wiki.oppodigital.com/index.ph..._Streaming_FAQ
Since my 3DTV doesn't NEED an external HDMI Switch (such as in the AVR), I didn't NEED
to buy a new AVR for this capability....and the VSX-1015 is a high quality Component Video
I was particularly concerned about running ALL HDMI signals through a new AVR, since
in many systems the HDTV/3DTV connected to the output will tell the source to only
output STEREO, unfortunately forcing the interconnecting AVR to ONLY have STEREO
to work with. This would be a NON-STARTER for most people!!!!
FWIW: Oppo has TWO HDMI output ports, but I haven't tested them to see if they have
independent controls (decoder chips would need to drive TWO outputs). From what I've
read so far, I think Oppo will force one to STEREO if the other is Surround.
Fortunately, most AVRs output standard 5.1 Dolby & DTS via the Optical/Coax I/F, but
CAN NOT output the new loss-less, uncompressed audio formats. [I hear an echo...echo....]
Running all HDMI signals via AVR may or may not mean powering up the AVR when simply
watching TV (depends on the design of a new AVR). If it had to be powered up, it also means
auto-powering up my old Marantz 250 Amp (power ON dims the lights) which drives my
antique pair of Altec 15-in Sub-woofers (slash equipment stands) and yet another 2-Channel
Amp I use in a Bi-Amp configuration for DIY 10in L/R Woofers (Planar Mids & Ribbon Tweets
are driven by VSX-1015).