Originally Posted by Big Screen
Yes, I believe that I will use the extra analog outs and because I have been using Computer Audio (via a USB DAC) in the audio room since 2005, I thought that I might like to also do so in the home theater room via the upgraded 105's DAC's and Async USB input, along with my Marantz AV-8801. I was wondering however, how much if at all, the 105's DAC's outshined the AV-8801's?
Having just started reading about the Darbee enhancement, I really don't know much about it yet. The review that I read earlier this evening while researching the 103/105 differences, was pretty much against it, because it changed the original lighting intent of the movie. However, they mentioned that it might be good for gaming; however, at least at this time, the Oppo won't be used for gaming.
While I could be considered an audiophile having a separate 2-channel audio room, a true videophile I'm not. Thus, maintaining the artistic inclination of the movie is not something that I'm overly interested in. I am however interested in a more immersive movie experience. If the belief among those here is that Darbee enhances the movie experience, then I probably should consider the "D" version.
I would say Darbee definitely enhances the movie experience in a positive way, especially on top quality 1080p video.
Not sure what review you read, but that doesn't sound like what most people think about Darbee.
What is praised most about it, is that when it is used in a casual way, it does not muck up the other in the tv or cause negative artifacts that other
picture "enhancements" usually do, while still adding a decent amount of sharpening/contrast enhancement.
If you are watching on a smaller display, like say under 50-60 inches, then the Darbee will be more subtle than when watching on a bigger projection type system.
Don't trust just one review or my opinion alone though, there is a dedicated thread here on AVS for Darbee and if you want more opinions I would suggest reading and asking more questions there.
There are also several other differences between the 105 and 105D models.
Here's the list...
Originally Posted by Smarty-pants
How is the BDP-105D different from the BDP-105?... the following list explains it.
The BDP-105D subtracts:
~the Marvell Qdeo video processor
~the Silicon Image VRS ClearView video processor.
(the VRS chip allows for a slightly better picture presentation do to some ever so slight undefeatable DNR in the QDEO chip.)
~the Darbee Visual Presence video processor.
~updated USB DAC interface to support DSD64 and DSD128
(the 105D can not play media files in DSD 128 -- i.e., on a directly attached USB hard drive or via the house network.
the new capability is limited to the Asynchronous USB Input only!)
~a newer firmware update for the USB DAC, can also allow acceptance of stereo LPCM at rates up to 384KHz 24-bit.
Rates above 192KHz are only available for output on the Analog outputs. (192KHz limit on the 105.)
~the ability to send DSD over HDMI on the HDMI-1 output.
(this was only possible on the HDMI-2 output of the BDP-105)
~the remote with be a slightly new version with a Darbee button.
(otherwise the remote is identical to the BDP-105/103)
All other aspects and functions of the two models are identical.