Hello again to all the forum members and admins.
I saw Paul’s video on the new DirectStream Transport (and LANRover) and got very excited. I have a bunch of questions I hope Paul and his staff of wizards can address.
My current setup, as you all may recall, has an Oppo BDP-105 connected to my DirectStream DAC via coax for Redbook CDs. The analog output goes to a McCormack passive preamp. For SACDs, DVD-As, and Blu-Ray Audio discs – and the occasional DVD video, Blu-ray video, streamed AppleTV or Roku – its analog audio output is connected to my passive preamp, with HDMI to my Sony monitor for video. It’s a necessity for the menus on non-Redbook discs, as well as for configuring the Oppo itself.
In the video Paul mentioned that the DST would play CDs, SACDs, DVD-As, and Blu-Ray Audio discs. Since I collect all four types of discs, I was intrigued. Here are some questions:
(1) Does this mean that the DST will natively play all of these in two-channel or surround (when available) and send the digital data of all of these discs to the DSD via i2S?
(2) Will the menu information on non-Redbook discs be displayed on the DST’s screen or be sent to the DSD’s screen?
(3) If not, will there be a way to connect the DST to a video monitor? Some Blu-ray Audio discs have somewhat extensive menus and track info; will these be displayed?
My beloved Oppo BDP-105 may become an (audio) redundancy in my system if the DST is as feature-rich in the music playback department as I suspect Paul and his crew are trying to make it. Frankly, I’ll replace it with a BDP-103D for my music BD-Vs and DVDs if that’s the case. I recently bought one for my living room HT and the Darbee image quality is stunning.
Thanks in advance for the answers.