Originally Posted by cissado
OK Thank you, guys. Just one question which isn't as important at this point. Will I be able to use the Onkyo processing for everything, including DVD Audio, instead of the Oppo? At this point it would not matter, as I'm sure both are "capable" processors for my needs. I just wanted to simplify everything through the AVR.
Thought I could save a few $$ with a lower priced DVD player, but alas, another $500 on this AV stuff. lol.. I don't upgrade that often, so I'll be good for many years to come. Thanks again.
The tradeoff is not playing DVD-A's. If you really want that, then this is the way to go, if not, then a Sony may get you SACD instead.
You can set the Oppo to bitstream to the 818. This means your 818 will process the sound, doing the digital to analog conversion at the 818. Since the 818 has analog inputs, and the Oppo has analog outputs, you could also let the Oppo do the conversion and sent it through to the 818 by the analog connections.
You bypass the 818's A/D converters and room correction, but some people like it this way.
I am a fan of HDMI, so have no problem at all doing SACD and DVD-A and everything else through it.