Originally Posted by joms
Can someone post the best settings for the 205 if it will only be used for :
a) pure audio (audiophile)
b) stereo output only via RCA
How do I setup all the settings to achieve pure audio quality?
You can leave all settings at factory defaults except for:
1) HDMI Audio OFF
2) Stereo Signal DOWN-MIXED STEREO
3) DTS Neo:6 Mode OFF
4) Dynamic Range Control OFF
Wire the Dedicated Stereo Analog RCA outputs pair.
If you want to listen to SACD content you have your choice of SACD Output PCM or DSD. Selecting DSD means DSD-Direct-to-Analog conversion will be used, but also means you lose the ability to down-mix 5.1 content from the SACD to 2.0 output. So either play the 2.0 content from the SACD disc or switch to PCM which will also get you the down-mix. You can set the choice of 2.0 from the SACD disc as a default, for discs that have 2.0 content using the SACD Priority setting.
5) SACD Priority STEREO
6) SACD Output DSD (or PCM if you want to play 5.1 SACD content down-mixed to 2.0)
The last issue has to do with setting the output Volume of the OPPO. If you are connecting into a pre-amp (which also includes the inputs of an integrated amp/preamp), the normal choice here would be Volume 100 in the OPPO -- use the volume control in the pre-amp to set your listening level. However you may need to reduce this a few steps to prevent Clipping of the inputs of the preamp. If you are connecting directly into a power amp that does not have its own volume control then you would use the Volume in the OPPO to set the listening level, and then the issue is whether the power amp is a good match for a direct connection from the OPPO.
For more info on setting Volume properly and determining if a given power amp is a good match for possible direct connection, start with my post on page 10 of this thread: Notes on Setting Up for Analog Audio Output.
Then also back up a few pages and read my two posts on things to consider for direct connection to a power amp.
During playback you can also select Pure Audio Mode (Pure button, upper left on the Remote) which minimizes the video processing in the player and also turns off its Front Panel display. Press Pure button again to get those back. The Front Panel will also light up for a few seconds if you do a playback operation like Track Forward. You can also press Info button (upper right of the 4 Arrow buttons) to light up the Front Panel for a few seconds for a quick look.
If you enable Networking in the player (Ethernet or Wifi -- see the Manual), you can also use OPPO's MediaControl app for iOS or Android to navigate and play your music content. The app can also be used for viewing/changing your Setup settings in the player without needing a display. Links for the app can be found on OPPO's Support page for the player: