Originally Posted by Mike RO
I didn’t read anything about Pioneer PCM conversion into DSD to feed the DAC like Marantz SA10, Esoteric...for example. Of course, these are high ends players, other league. Here, an universal player with classical approach of PCM (no DSD conversion). A decent player for CDs, SACDs...nothing more.
Of course, bitstream DSD into an external DAC could improve the outcome. If you have one already. If not maybe is better to buy a CD/SACD player and a UHD player separately. Listening music and watching movies/concerts...2 devices...not all in one like in universal player. Some people are looking for an integrated solution - universal player. It is fine, but they must accept the limitations.
Another approach is to send the stock unit for improvement, only video modification or both. Scarce info about this. Not too many guys or exclusive discussions (not on forums)...I do not know...
In my case, I am waiting CES 2020 to see which are the new/improved players...then, to replace my actual universal player. Thanks.
Don’t understand your first part. But to output analog through RCA or balanced must
always be decoded. This must be done on any player, including higher end ones.
Or are you talking about DAC features?
The LX800 has the very same DAC board that their high end PD-70AE SACD player
has. This player was made in cooperation with Esoteric. It has gotten some fantastic
reviews. In comparison LX800 almost reaches the PD-70AE in SQ.. But as this is a
dedicated SACD/CD player in the high end class I would be surpriced if LX800 did
sound better or even the same.. But LX800 can atleast do playback of the multi ch
part of SACD. Of course, any universal player will be a compromise of some sort.
Although LX800 is almost silly good engineering, to a point that it must be very
hard to sell.. There are far more audiophiles than videophiles willing to pay premium.
I did have an Oppo UDP-203 and a really good CD player before. Not in the super
high end class but a €1000 price range. IMO the LX800 sounds better.
In my case I have gone from integrated AVR to separares. I also used to have
a dedicated 2ch preamp fully analog. To keep or even better the sound quality
of both multi channel and 2ch with one player and one prepro I had to go up
considerably in price. I’m very satisfied now, with less devices.