Originally Posted by Bob Sorel
Ok, what am I missing here?...
1. 480i over HDMI - ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS! What are your alternatives to feed a "pure" digital output straight off of the MPEG decoder to your processor? You can get another, much higher priced player OR you can get an el cheapo Sony 975 OR you can get an expensive SDI mod to your existing player.
2. This player also serves as a combi SACD/DVDA player! This unexpected feature solved a problem in my system because I am running out of inputs even on my Lex MC-12, and that ain't easy...
So now I can simply replace my Pio 563 with this player and I don't lose a SACD/DVDA player - I gain a high quality DVD digital transport!
You are right on the money with all your points, but I wanted to bring a couple of things into the light that have not been brought up yet.
Like Levesque, I have an Anthem Statement D2 which uses the Gennum VXP. Prior to that I had a Lumagen VisionPro HDP which I fed SDI from a Sony DVP-CX777ES Player. I am currently using a Sony DVP-NS975V via 480i HDMI into the D2. The image from the 975 into the D2 is outstanding and easily equals or bests what I saw SDI into the Lumagen.
I ordered the Oppo yesterday and upon arrival I will compare it to the Sony DVP-NS975V. The Sony outputs YCbCr 4:2:2 which is the equivalent of what SDI output is. The Oppo outputs YCbCr 4:4:4. Neither Kris Deering or Stacey Spears has made mention of this and if it makes any difference. Could this be why some have reported to still preferring the overall PQ from their SDI player??
The DVD-A & SACD capability is a nice bonus; however, the audio decoding via HDMI does not switch automatically between Decoded PCM and "Raw" DD, DTS bitstream output. If you choose HDMI 1.1 audio options all decoding takes place in the Oppo and is sent out as PCM. This is fine for SACD and DVD-A to take advantage of the HDMI connection and not have to deal with six (6) analog cables, but for DD & DTS soundtracks it looks like you have to change the audio output options to let whatever SSP or receiver you are using decode the "Raw" bitstream otherwise it will decoded by the Oppo and sent as PCM. Below are the manual quotes.
Surround Speakers and HDMI 1.1 Multi-Channel PCM Audio Support: If your receiver supports HDMI 1.1 Multi-Channel PCM audio, please set Speaker Setup Page > Down-mix to 5.1 CH and Audio Setup Page > HDMI Audio to Multi-Channel. In this configuration you can enjoy all audio formats using the HDMI connection. The DVD player performs decoding for compressed audio.
Surround and Dolby Digital or DTS Support, or HDMI 1.0: If the audio system has surround speakers and can support Dolby Digital or DTS with its HDMI input, please set Audio Setup Page > HDMI Audio to SPDIF AND Audio Setup Page > SPDIF Output to Raw. In this case your audio system will perform decoding for Dolby Digital or DTS surround audio. Unfortunately the HDMI standard does not allow DVD-Audio or SACD to be sent over HDMI in this configuration.
I can't wait to receive the Oppo and try it. For the money, it is a no brainer.