Originally Posted by ronano
Would I notice the audio benifits of the oppo 95 (versus the 93) with my older 5.1 system.
Receiver: B & K AVR 307
Fronts and Center: Sonus Faber Concerto
Sub: Rel B3
Rears: NHT 6.2 In-wall
I will be connecting the player thru the 5.1 analog inputs on the Receiver.
It has been many years since I have upgraded a component so any advice would be appreciated. My gut feeling is that my equipment is more on the level of the oppo 93.
I ended up purchasing the oppo 93. I am very impressed with the build quality, sound, and picture quality. For those of you thinking of attaching this player through the analog inputs of an older receiver, i would highly recommend it.
The 93 has base management built in. In my case this is important because I run my sonus faber fronts in "large" mode so the base is sent to the speakers and to the rel sub. (The front left and front right speaker outputs on my receiver are connected to both my speakers and sub) With the 93, I can adjust the crossover down to 40hz, something I could only do before when using the receiver's DAC's. (I hope this setup is correct, I am not an expert on how crossovers work and just copied the settings from my receiver, which was set up by an audio professional) Now I get lossless audio and still have an accurate speaker set up with bass management. (If my setup is correct ???)
When you consider the cost of replacing the B&K avr 307 with a something of similar quality, this player has saved me a fortune.
I also like the downmix feature (7.1 to 5.1). With this feature, the audio to the surround back is passed to the surround speakers. I assume there is some processing to give a phantom effect, but I like the effect better than just running in 7.1 and missing the audio to the surround back altogether.
Hope this helps someone in a similar situation and I would appreciate any feedback on my speaker setup.