From what I understand Blu-Ray (not previously heard of it) was just another method to get more than 16/44 PCM onto the CD format. I understand that it is 24/96 PCM and was mainly aimed at HD 5:1 for movie playback, so originally was not even designed as an audio format, just an AV format adopted for audio. You can now stream in 5:1. 24/96 is now the standard format for classical and jazz HD downloads and streaming.
Why on earth would any manufacturer fix a discontinued machine (I understand the DMP is discontinued as the Oppo drives are no longer available) for a redundant format?
Why on earth would any manufacturer include a redundant format in the specification for a new machine?
dCS, who arguably make the best consumer digital equipment in the world, saw the benefit of SACD and were the first people external to Sony to decode SACD into native DSD, long before PS Audio. However, when they made their Rossini transport in 2016 it did not play SACD because they could not get a good enough drive. Fortunately that has been fixed in their 2019 model. Their commitment to SACD is probably only because they pioneered use of upsampling and DSD processing in consumer units and dCS units are expected to play SACDs.
Marantz continue to support discs, hardly surprising. Their SA-10 is apparently fabulous, but is a serious streaming DAC transport. It supports SACD but not Blu-Ray.
Ironically, my DVD machine that can play Blu-Ray audio. I only found out 10 minutes ago. It costs $400.
“The Denon Professional DN-500BDMKII will play virtually every Blu-ray, DVD, and audio CD format, making it easy to utilize multiple disc formats within a system. Supported formats include BD25, BD50, BD-RE, DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW and Audio CD (CD-R, CD-RW), DTS Music Disc, and HDCD.”
I wonder if Paul will change his mind about the DMP when his Octave streamer is available. I hope and expect so. Most people have already reached that conclusion with existing products.