Originally Posted by dweltman
Well, my Oppo 980 arrived this morning. A bit of confusion until I realized that 720 was the only resolution that would allow transmission of 5 channels PCM from an SACD (not 1080).
So I am comparing MC SACD from an Esoteric DV-50 Analog Direct to the D2 vs. Oppo 980 DSD/PCM conversion to 88.2/24 to the D2 with ARC enabled. And my family is out of town until tomorrow afternoon. I think audiophiles live for these weekends
I also own the oppo 980h, and unless I misunderstand, it should pass the sacd signal in any of the 'hi-def' resolutions- 720p,1080i/p. But it will not work in 480i/p, which means I have to remember to switch the resolution back and forth when switching from dvd to sacd and back.
Please look at page 22 of the oppo manual for the set-up to hdmi v 1.1 , which is what the D2 supports, and use the settings highlighted in the oppo manual. Set the oppo 'down mix' to 5.1.
Even if you have a 7.1 speaker set-up the D2 only accepts 5.1 in. The D2 will matrix the other rear channels if you are using a DSP like dolby plIIx or dts neo. This is a little confusing, at least it was to me, but trust me,use only 5.1.
Since you have some time to play with your system this week-end you may want to try seeing (hearing) what analog dsp with ARC sounds from your cdp.
I use an ayre cx-7e and found that it sounded better for cd's (it doesn't play sacd or dvd-a) than the oppo, and that the ayre sounded best in my system using analog dsp with ARC on. It allows the ayre to use its dac's and the D2 to use the magic of ARC to control the room and speaker shortcomings.
Have fun tweaking!