Originally Posted by Transistorious
Your "belief" is absolutely wrong. I don't post anything that can NOT be backed up. I did my homework on this player. That is called research of the features Sony claimed including DVD-Audio and SACD playback. To prove that point further I have five OPPOs , DV-981, DV-983, two BDP-83 and the BDP-103. ALL of them play both.
When I first got it CD, DTS CD, DVD-Audio and SACD were tested. Then I went to check SD DVD, BD DVD and finally 4K UHD discs. With the exception of 4K discs I tested the OPPOs BDP-83 and the BDP-103 the same way. I only have two DVD-Audio discs and are by two different artists, Diana Krall The Look of Love and Aaron Neville Nature Boy. I also have the same titles on SACD.
Just to prove my point I disconnected the UBP-X700 from the MBR. Then I had to disconnect the UBP-X800M2 from the Home Theater in order to once more verify that the Sony UBP-X700 indeed plays DVD-Audio discs. If that does not convince you, let it rip. Make sure you have documentation to back up your claims. That is called the court of public opinion: talk the talk and walk the walk, thank you.
Are you sure the two DVD audio discs don't have the audio in the video-ts folder, making them compatible for normal DVD players? From Sony's site in their full specs for the x700, the list of compatible disc formats:
BD-RE, BD-RE Dual Layer, BD-ROM, CD (CD-DA), CD-R/-RW, DVD+R, DVD+R Double Layer, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, SA-CD (SA-CD / CD) Playback, Stereoscopic 3D (profile 5), Ultra HD Blu-ray™
From the amazon site for the Look of Love DVD:
This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
The Aaron Neville DVD-Audio disc has the same statement on amazon.
They very well could have authored the disc in the ts-video folder with no video or a blank frame thus rendering it compatible for almost all dvd-players. Their statement about the disc seems to indicate that. This review seems to indicate there may be some video content on the disc indicating they used the video-ts folder.
From wikipedia on player compatibility:
With the introduction of the DVD-Audio format, some kind of backward compatibility with existing DVD-Video players was desired, although not required. To address this, most DVD-Audio discs also contain DVD-Video compatible data to play the standard DVD-Video Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio track on the disc (which can be downmixed to two channels for listeners with no surround sound setup).
You apparently have a couple of discs specifically authored to be backward compatible with DVD players. Sony indeed did drop pure DVD-A disc formats from the X-700, but some discs authored for normal DVD players will play.
I agree with oniiz there was no reason to bite his head off. He was reporting what's widely reported in the x700 thread and by Sony.