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#264128 - 2017-05-11 15:40 Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8
AKwatters Offline
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My first post although I have been reading the forums with much interest for a while.

I was wondering what thoughts people had about the best cable to connect an Oppo 105D to an 861v8?

My new system arrives next Thursday - after many auditions at Graham's. Very excited!
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#264129 - 2017-05-11 15:53 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: AKwatters]
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AKwatters

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your purchase, have you purchased an HD621 as well?

Russ
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#264130 - 2017-05-11 16:05 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Ratbert]
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Thank you for the welcome smile.

I haven't bought the HD621; at least yet. I've started simple. The 861 and a pair of 5200SE's.

It seemed that the HD621 is a little old tech. So, I thought I'd wait for an upgrade...

And I'll buy a front and rears in due course, when my living room has been renovated.
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#264133 - 2017-05-11 16:29 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: AKwatters]
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I assume the primary function of your system is for surround sound rather than two channel?

For the Oppo you will need to configure it to output Audio via the digital coax I think it's default is HDMI? Then configure the 861 to accept that on one of the digital coax inputs.

I believe if you want the high resolution audio available on most Bluray disks you will need the HD621 as it has a MMHR (Meridian Multichannel High Resolution) output that you connect to the 861v8 MMHR input via an RJ45 (LAN) cable.

Russ
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#264139 - 2017-05-11 20:12 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Ratbert]
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My 103s SPDIF output is always active. You can set it to PCM only or bitstream which will send bitstream when you watch movies and PCM when you listen to music. Doesn't matter what the HDMI audio is set too. I suspect the 105 is the same.
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#264147 - 2017-05-12 08:41 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Ratbert]
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Yes, ultimately it will be about 80% film and 20% music.

Thank you, that's interesting about the needing HDMI for high resolution output from Bluray.
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#264148 - 2017-05-12 08:46 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Ronomy]
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Thanks, would you recommend Digital Coax or Optical?
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#264151 - 2017-05-12 10:52 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: AKwatters]
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When I sold my HD621 I connected the Oppo to the 861v8 via digital coax.

Russ
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#264169 - 2017-05-12 17:50 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: AKwatters]
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Hello AKwatters

Congratulations on your purchase. I would prefer a good quality coax digital cable to connect Oppo to 861. As far as HD621 is concerned if you are not interested in 4K resolution and you are not crazy about Atmos decoding then the discounted price of the HD621 is not a bad idea. But if you want to keep all options open for future upgrades then you can wait until Meridian introduces the next generation HDMI switch. At the moment you will need some sort of HDMI switching in order to get video from your 2 sources to your projector.

Regards
George
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#264172 - 2017-05-12 18:00 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Sailor2004]
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I was not aware that Meridian are planning to introduce an updated HD621?

Russ
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#264175 - 2017-05-12 18:32 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Ratbert]
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Hi,

This was in a Home Cinema Choice magazine article back in the October 2016 issue, which mentioned an update during 2017.

However, Meridian haven't actually announced anything.

Brian
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#264176 - 2017-05-12 19:01 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: AKwatters]
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Keep in mind with just two 5200SE's that 861 isn't doing much of anything.

You would get the same result if you directly connected the Oppo to the 5200SE's

That's not to say it can't do more in the future.

Also with just 2 speakers and HD621 new or old won't add much either.

I would focus on more speakers than HD621 or HD621.2
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