It seems to be that the appeal of these devices is literally everything else they can do beyond playing discs- their primary function.
And they're talking up the DAC, on their Blu-ray player? How many people don't use a receiver for this stuff?
I can understand wanting flexibility, but putting expensive DACs in the Blu-ray player doesn't make much sense; to me, the devices job is:
...and that's it. Putting more functionality in it only makes (moderate) sense if you're deleting other parts of the system, i.e., going straight from Blu-ray player to discrete amp(s).
- Read the disc
- Dump that data to a digital output
Reason for the dac is because this plays a lot more then just Blu-ray. Yes if your just using it for a Blu-ray player the dac isn't a big deal. Now if your using it to play CDs, sacd, dvd-a, flac and what not you will be out putting it analog to your receiver so you can use the oppo dac. Which is really the main reason people loved these in the first place because they play everything. Reason I bought my Marantz receiver over getting another Yamaha was because it has mulit channel analog inputs and Yamaha has done away with them even on there high end models. If your just watching blu-rays with 4k. My damn Xbox one S does a good job of it now that it can actually bitstream to my revicer like it should have been able to from the start. Everything is 1s and 0s now days so player to player for movies your not really going to see or hear any difference. But when your trying to do music with analog sky's the limit on how much you want to spend on stuff. Was in a guys house the other day with 250k in his 2 channel setup.( Didn't get to listen to it was very disappointed)