Originally Posted by timt47
I have a 2-channel stereo/home theater set-up with B&W 685 speakers, a Rotel RX-1052 receiver (2-channel, no digital inputs), and a Panasonic TCP46G10 plasma.
My old Samsung Blu-ray player recently died. I had been using it for audio CDs as well as DVDs and Blu-rays.
What do you recommend for a replacement player that has good analog audio quality? Is the Oppo 95 the way to go? Or is it overkill for my current set-up? Or maybe is there some in-between territory between a $1000 Oppo 95 and the usual $129 players that aren't so great for playing CD's through an analog stereo out?
I have a similar set-up. My answer is that it depends. If you criitically listen to music (CDs, SACDs, DVD-A's), then you can't do better than the 95. You can also save money by going with the Oppo 93, which is no slouch either for music. If you don't listen critically to music (i.e., you put CDs on in the background), then you can save more money and go with something like the Sony 590. I'd shy away from the Panny 220. I have the 110, and the analog audio outputs are disabled when outputting 24p video over HDMI. I don't know if that's the case with the 220 as well, but why take the chance. For the same $, you can get the Sony, which is more flexible for data files and has a better UI for Netflix streaming (and plays SACDs).