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Does a player exist that meets all my wants & needs?
Struggling with finding a 4k player that can handle my full checklist.
I currently have an Oppo 103 and nVidia Shield, and was hoping to eliminate them both. But I keep running into show stoppers.
Looking for a player that will: A) spin a 4k disc, B) play MKV with the standard high res codecs (TrueHD, DTSX) C) handle HDR settings easily (don't care about Dolby Vision since I'm using an Epson 5050 projector), D) play SACD and DVD-A, and E) play DSD over a network, not just USB.
I don't care about streaming apps, since I could always use the nVidia Shield or my Roku Ultra.
Lets assume price isn't a major obstacle. But staying under $1000 would be a bonus in the WAF.
Sony UBP-X800M2 will play DVD-Audio and SA-CD discs but don't believe it will play DSD over the network, based on the manual. The manual also says it will play h265/HEVC in an MKV, but wont play DTS, only Dolby Digital, which makes me think its not TrueHD/Atmos capable over a network.
The LG players do better than the sony on handling HDR automatically, but won't play an MKV with TrueHD or DTSX, and I'm unclear if it will play anything over a network. No mention of SACD or DSD in the manual.
Panasonic DP-UB820 or UB9000 probably are the best players, but won't play MKV files with TrueHD over a network.
Am I chasing a magic unicorn at this point? (are there unicorns that aren't magical?)
Right now I use my Oppo to play SACD/DVD-A and DSD on the network. I also use my Marantz 7010 to play DSD on the network, but the player is wonky and freezes all the time. The Oppo will also upscale 1080 to 4k nicely for the projector.
The Shield handles all the native 4k content. But I'd like to get a disc spinner and hope it would do more than just spin a UHD disc. Until I made the jump to 4k, my Oppo handled everything.
Video: Epson 5050 / nVidia Shield / OPPO-103
Audio: Marantz 7010 / MartinLogan Motion 40 (LR), 50XT (center), M2 (surrounds)
Streaming: nVidia Shield / Roku Ultra / Chromecast Ultra
NAS: Synology 1515+ Server: Ubuntu 18.04, i7-8700 CPU
HTPC: Win10 Pro 64-bit, i5 750 Radeon HD 5850