Originally Posted by bs1175
I am so glad this thread was started.
I have an oppo 971 and finally got a decent Surround System (SLS Q-Line).
Knowing that my oppo played Sacd's and I had the receiver to play them I went out and bought a few SACDs and some analog cables.
Although mulit-channel audio is unique and takes some getting used to the analog 5.1 output of my oppo is so tinny and cheap sounding that it drove me up the wall. Here I have this amazing audio recording which I expect to sound equal to, if not better than a CD passed over Optical and aside from the novelty of the multichannel, the analog sounds much worse out of my oppo 971. But its not just the SACD. If I am playing a Dvd or audio cd and I switch to analog the sound is horrible. I don't think its the receiver because the analog output from an ipod connected to the receiver sounds better than the analog output of the oppo 971 playing the cd version of the mp3 on the ipod !
I searched that insanely long 200+ page thread about the oppo 971 and got out of it that the oppo analog outputs needed to be 'burned in' a while to really sound proper.
OK. I played analog output non-stop 24/7 and have yet to notice enough of a difference.
Hopefully I am incompetent and haven't configured everything properly, but I have spent hours fiddling with all the analog settings and all without avail.
This is my first post on the subject and I hope I have not soured you to the oppo 971 experience. Its truly a great player, and the outputted digital audio is fantastic. I only wish I had an hdmi receiver so I could at least hear a digital pcm stream of the sacd and not the analog one.
This message is from a guy who is seriously considering the ce595.
i'm confused. you repeatedly say here that you have the 971, yet the 971 doesn't even play SACD. you must be hearing the redbook layer of the SACDs. if that's the case and you're using the analog outs, perhaps you have your player or receiver settings wrong, as my own criticisms of the Oppo would not include "tinny."
i have a 970, and am quite happy with the playback of all formats, for the money. i haven't compared it directly against anything but the Pioneer Elite DV45A. i preferred the Oppo for all formats.
in addition, Oppo itself recommends the 970 above the 971 and 981 if your primary concern is audio playback.