I’m thinking of pulling the trigger on purchasing a used Oppo 103 BD player. My sole reason for getting it would be to (a) use it in the following chain: NUC+Rock+DSD files --> HDMI out --> Oppo 103 HDMI in --> Oppo 103 HDMI out --> Marantz AV7704 HDMI in, in order to (b) get DSD playback from the Marantz with no PCM conversion.
Can anyone advise whether (1) they have this working or at least (2) have strong reason to believe that this will work?
Thanks in advance!
My current understanding is as follows:
An AVR such as a Marantz can play DSD without PCM conversion when an SACD player is connected to it via HDMI. I’m pretty sure that this is what I see when I play a multichannel SACD on a Sony SACD-capable player that is attached via HDMI to the Marantz.
But an AVR such as a Marantz will not play DSD via HDMI from some other source (such as DSD files played by Roon), because of HDMI being locked down for such purposes.
However, perhaps, routing the HDMI via an Oppo with HDMI in and HDMI out could work.
I’ve spent the last couple of days searching for information on this, and am now feeling like I’m going around in circles, so I thought I’d ask for help. In particular, I saw posts that (to my limited understanding) indicated both that something like this could work, as well as posts that left me less sure (some of the posts are quoted below).
To clarify, I’m not suggesting that these posts are inconsistent with each other: These and other posts were made at different times, and likely referred to different equipment chains.
In Sept-Oct 2019:
And earlier, in 2018:
So I’m hoping someone (such as @mitr ? ) might be kind enough to advise about whether the specific chain I mentioned above would (likely) produce Native DSD playback on the Maratntz: NUC+Rock --> HDMI out --> Oppo 103 HDMI in --> Oppo 103 HDMI out --> Marantz AV7704 HDMI in.
Thanks in advance for any input!