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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.

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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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#264186 - 2017-05-13 08:46 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Fiddler]
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Surely the 861 is still potentially decoding Dolby Digital, then down-mixing it to 2 channels? Bypassing it would mean sending stereo PCM to the DSPs.

There were (IIRC) some opinions round here that native PCM is as good as DD in that configuration. I thought so too but now think there is a touch more dynamic range and impact from DD (great for action films) but that the timbre of PCM is preferable (better for dialogue and music) - not sure I could tell the difference blind though.

An HD621 could extract the hi-res soundtrack from blurays which should be better than DD and may well be of value for concert/opera type material.
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#264205 - 2017-05-13 15:07 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Gianni]
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But if you are running just a coax from Oppo to 861v8 you can just set the Oppo to do the downmixing to stereo in its setup.

Problem solved until you get surround speakers and it will do this in full lossless quality the complete chain.
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#264223 - 2017-05-14 08:03 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Crion]
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Originally Posted By Crion
But if you are running just a coax from Oppo to 861v8 you can just set the Oppo to do the downmixing to stereo in its setup.
But if the Oppo does the downmix then surely it must also have done the DD decode, so one would get PCM at that point.

One might hope that a £14k processor does that job better than the Oppo but who knows? Depending on the PCM rate coming out of the Oppo then the 861 upsampling may add some improvements. So many options...

Who knew a two-channel setup could be complicated? wink
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#264233 - 2017-05-14 13:35 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Gianni]
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If Oppo was direct to 5200SE's they would upsample too.

And you wouldn't lose 3dB because you can't use DIRECT if 861 is decoding.

Can an 861v8 decode DD and upsample? I know 861v4 (v6?) couldn't.

EDIT: Just did a quick check the 861v8 still can't upsample and decode.
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#264278 - 2017-05-15 18:15 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Fiddler]
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I think you will want the HD621. It is a little bit long in the tooth. If you want to do 4K etc, then just split the video before the HD621.

I keep hearing they will announce a HD621 replacement or upgrade, and I've been hearing that for a long time now. It is logical that they should do this, but so far its been nothing.

If I were you, I'd see about finding a good price on a HD621 and making it work in your system today.
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#264292 - 2017-05-16 02:58 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: JerryL]
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The order I would invest would be

A Sub-woofer (or two)
A Set of Rears
A Center
A HD621

First 3 could be in any order.

The Center needs to be REALLY Good, you can get away with rears being a notch down.

By the time the first 3 upgrades are done, maybe an HD621.2 would be available.
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#264298 - 2017-05-16 08:35 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: JerryL]
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Originally Posted By JerryL
I think you will want the HD621. It is a little bit long in the tooth. If you want to do 4K etc, then just split the video before the HD621.
+1.
While I take on board George’s list, a used HD621 would cost very little in the scheme of things. Also, if you are not considering expanding beyond 7.1 audio, I don’t see why it should ever become redundant.

The HD621mk2 is unlikely to do any video processing, so in the longer term if you are serious about 4k then why not consider adding a box that can process 4k video like one the Lumagen Pro models. This would provide HDMI switching, outstanding video processing and up to 4 HDMI outputs. One of these could be configured just for hires audio and sent to the HD621. The latter would then become an audio stripping device for your 861 and not a part of the video chain.
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#264342 - 2017-05-17 16:10 Re: Cable to connect Oppo 105D to 861v8 [Re: Cliff.]
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Thank you everyone. Lots of things to think about!

I will get a 4k projector at some point but will wait for prices to fall. In the short term I'll focus, no pun intended!, on getting a projector screen to improve picture quality. Incidentally I'm currently using the Oppo to handle the HDMI output from the Sky Q box.

My initial upgrade thoughts were:
Projector screen - much better than a wall…
Centre - 5200SE HC/VC- prioritising clearer dialogue in movies,
Rears - DSP3200 - over, sound effects.
and then decide between Subs, a new projector or an hopefully upgraded HD621.

I'll add a Lumagen (or similar) to my research list!

At least I have one firm decision so far. Digital coax it is smile.
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