Originally Posted by himey
If I connect my PC to the HDMI input on the 205, I am courious what to expect?
For video, can I simply rip my Blu-ray discs using MakeMKV and play them back with Kodi? Will this also work with the few 4k HDR UHD that are ripped?
For audio, all my files are FLAC. Can I use any of my favorite playback software, jRiver, Foobar, Musicbee, Kodi. WASPI mode. Multichannel.
Yes, you can do all of the above through the HDMI input. However, you might want to consider some other options, at least for stereo audio...
Connect the PC to the Oppo's USB DAC input for stereo audio for the best sound quality. In this case, you would setup the Oppo's USB DAC input as a sound device on your PC and use that as your sound device on the PC. Use an iOS or Android app to play the music on your PC. JRiver Media Center + JRemote running on a smartphone or tablet makes for an awesome combo here. Configure a zone in JRiver to make use of the USB audio and select that zone in JRemote when you listen to music.
The Oppo can also be used as a DLNA renderer for audio and video, which means you can similarly use controller apps on a smartphone or tablet to send content to the Oppo for playback.
In both of the above cases, the Oppo will be doing the video decoding and processing and may also have improved audio quality. If you use the HDMI input, you're doing the video decoding and at least some of the processing on the PC.
Also, keep in mind that if you're PC doesn't have a 4K capable GPU or has a low end one (such as most integrated GPU's), that will definitely impact the quality of what you get through the Oppo's HDMI input.
My advice is to try the various options and go with what gives you the best combination of user experience, convenience, and audio/video quality. There's definitely no one size fits all here.