Dr. Waldrep is definetly the man to whom you should direct these questions. I own neither the Oppo 83 nor the new Pio SC-27, but I am very likely to. As soon as I saw Oppo announce that the 83 was out I said "THAT I shall buy". Now I think I'll wait a while in case it has any early issues, but I realize that Oppo did massive beta testing. I'll buy it because there are just not many DVD players sold anymore that play DVD-A (any??). When you consider that it also plays SACD and upscales DVDs and plays BlueRay disks and does it all with vaunted Oppo quality, all at a reasonable price, well it's a no-brainer.
It will take a while for the SC-27 to fall a little in price. The Oppo never will, if history is a guide, and that's OK.
I think the SC-27 and the Oppo 83 should be a magnificent pair. Do you see any reason why they would not be, Dr. Waldrep? What I mean by that is the old issue of "you should set the player to output bitstream and let the receiver decode Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio (?)". THAT business. Any reason why the SC-27 and the Oppo 83 can't be made to work perfectly together to play those formats? Any reason they can't be made to work perfectly together to play your DVD-As?
Re 5.1 v. a 7.1 set-up, ask Dr. Waldrep. Speakers? Not my area. I just have mighty Allison Ones in front and B&Ws still in boxes for the rears.
Dr. Waldrep- Here is a maybe far-out but tantalizing thought: Dave Packard, as you know, owns and operates the Stanford Movie Theatre in Palo Alto. About a year ago he donated to the Library of Congress $155 million to build the "Packard Campus" in Virgina. (do a google search to read about it). He also gave $80 million more for its operating expenses. There, thousands or millions of motion picture films, stills and sound recordings will be preserved in the best conditions technology permits. He has always said that our film heritage is disintegrating in cans in warehouse in L.A. and elsewhere. Since he is SO dedicated to preserving all of this, I wonder if he would be interested in funding an effort by you to preserve the talents of great artists using the very best audio technology we have, which is what you do. That is to say, he wouldn't just fund the preservation of what has already been created but also fund the creation of great recordings by you, and then let the Packard Campus preserve them as well.
I believe that Dave Packard has a Ph.D degree from Harvard in Latin. So maybe Dr. Packard and Dr. Waldrep could collaborate on such a project. Having talked briefly to Packard a time or two at his theatre, I can attest that he is smart as hell. Having talked to you, Dr. Waldrep, on the phone a time or two, I had the same reaction to you. So now here are two very bright men who might collaborate on CREATING and then preserving great audio of great artists. I think you would each be impressed with the other if you ever talked. This is all just an idea on my part. It just looks like a natural to me. (If a conversation between the two of you could be recorded in hi-def video and hi-res audio, that in itself would be historic and salable).
I have a couple of your samplers, unopened. I'll try to give Dave Packard one of them the next time I'm at the theater if he's there. Hard to believe he wouldn't be aware of DVD-A and of Oppo. Now let's make sure he's aware of you and AIX too. If I don't see him in there I'll write to him with this idea and send him a sampler. BTW the theater is The Stanford Theatre, 221 University Avenue, Palo Alto, Ca. (650) 324-3700 gets you the recorded film schedule but they give another number there if you want to talk to somebody. I'm told that Packard reads any mail that people send.
Also BTW, Dave was on the board of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. He left the board about ten years ago and got $3 billion of its endowment and started his own "Packard Foundation for the Humanities". Under IRS rules these foundations must give away 5% of their worth each year to remain a tax-free entity. That's $150 million per year if the endowment is still worth $3 billion. So if he were interested, the money would be coming from his foundation most likely. If he were backing you, he might want some say in what gets recorded and preserved. I think the material you record falls within the heading of "the humanities".
Originally Posted by davehale
Hey Fresno, Since I dont understand the lingo of all the formats, can you tell me If my setup will be appropriate for all of the upcoming music by Dr, AIX. I will be getting the upcoming SC-27. Its sampling rate is very high. Can I get a 5.1 setup? or will I defineately need a 7.1 as my room is very small. Also, will I need discrete speakers, (dipole) or will I need bipoles for a more diffused sound? Would a good headphone negate the 5.1 hole in the walls?
Edit: I do have the Oppo 83