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Old 05-16-2009, 05:03 AM   #151
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I did.. even took pictures of the unveiling!

I do believe the audio side is better, brighter and crisper than the BD35. I immediately noticed more sound delivered to the surrounds. I just started watching the series "The Tudors" on BD. I was watching episode 1 when the Oppo arrived. I slipped the Oppo in place of the BD35 and started at episode 2. The Oppo definatley delivers better sound on this disc but I will do further testing on some other material, including SACD, DVD-A and SD.
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are you bitstreaming the audio, or is the Oppo decoding the audio and sending PCM to your Denon receiver via HDMI?
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:12 AM   #152
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Interesting; thanks for the info, Tech!

It seems indeed the Oppo may be for folks needing very solid audio output from the player's analog section; I could have used solid audio output over HDMI (the player decoding the audio into multichannel PCM) for TrueHD soundtracks from my Panasonic BD10A, as it doesn't sound all that great as is, but...
I will test both the analog 7.1 outputs and the fiber optical output, then I will judge which sounds cleaner and not louder. I will "not" spend $2000 dollars on a new Denon receiver with HDMI v1.3a inputs for a subtle improvement over Dolby Digital @ 640kbps and DTS @ 1509kbps. I will however buy a new Denon unit (THX Ultra2) if and when lossless audio see's more than a subtle improvement with Blu-Ray video and music discs. I love my Denon receiver!
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are you bitstreaming the audio, or is the Oppo decoding the audio and sending PCM to your Denon receiver via HDMI?
The Oppo is doing the decoding. My Denon cannot decode the HD formats.
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The Oppo is doing the decoding. My Denon cannot decode the HD formats.
Ahh, thanks.
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I do believe the audio side is better, brighter and crisper than the BD35. I immediately noticed more sound delivered to the surrounds. I just started watching the series "The Tudors" on BD. I was watching episode 1 when the Oppo arrived. I slipped the Oppo in place of the BD35 and started at episode 2. The Oppo definatley delivers better sound on this disc but I will do further testing on some other material, including SACD, DVD-A and SD.
What do you think would account for improved audio? Neither player is processing the audio. They simply decode to PCM and send that to your receiver where all of the processing is done. How would any differences be introduced?
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Thanks.

So the BD60 is the player to shoot for in their lineup? Is there a replacement planned anytime soon?
It just came out a month ago, so it will likely be it until the end of the year I would think, but by then it will be hard to find like the BD35 was for the 2+ months before the replacement was released. My advice. Look for the best price now and just BUY IT! If you wait too long, you will just have to start all over again with the replacement model.
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What do you think would account for improved audio? Neither player is processing the audio. They simply decode to PCM and send that to your receiver where all of the processing is done. How would any differences be introduced?
This is WHY I think it is simply that the Oppo is sending out a higher voltage signal compared to the BD35 myself which gives a louder volume level.
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What do you think would account for improved audio? Neither player is processing the audio. They simply decode to PCM and send that to your receiver where all of the processing is done. How would any differences be introduced?
That's an excellent point. Having to use analogs vs. HDMI, with 80hz as the xover point (vs. 100-120Hz in other players) is a 'system advantage' specific to my setup..nothing to do with 'improved signal quality', per se.
However, the dedicated 2 channel analog audio from the Oppo is superior in my experience against other players.
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What do you think would account for improved audio? Neither player is processing the audio. They simply decode to PCM and send that to your receiver where all of the processing is done. How would any differences be introduced?
It could be that I just "wanted " to hear an improvment. Most likey it is what PFC said in that the Oppo is just sending a more amplified signal to the Denon than what the D35 was sending.
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It could be that I just "wanted " to hear an improvment. Most likey it is what PFC said in that the Oppo is just sending a more amplified signal to the Denon than what the D35 was sending.
Yes, those are both likely possibilities. Wish fulfillment and a louder output could easily account for what you observed. Thanks.
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Nice pics.

So how's the PQ, Stew? How do the HD and upscaling compare with your other players?
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Thanks for those pictures. I am going to pull the trigger on one of those. But I have to wait until it is released to the public! That's OK. Hopefully I can get one in June or July.
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Nice pics.

So how's the PQ, Stew? How do the HD and upscaling compare with your other players?
I haven't popped in an SD video yet... hooked on The Tudors... dammit I will be testing the upscaling soon.

So far, I see nothing but a great player. I am pleased with my purchase.
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