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The Day The AV Dream Died, Cont.

Badda-bing! Enter the $1,000 Oppo BDP-95, a giant slayer Blu-ray disc player that can handle almost any standard video/audio format. Via its 7.1 Ch analog connections the Oppo could pass to the Sunfire a mucho multichannel platter of great uncompressed audio.

The Oppo runs 7.1 Dolby TrueHD up to 192kHz and 24-bits, as well as processes 7.1 DTS-HD High Resolution and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio formats, both up to 96 kHz and 24-bits. It can also run 2-channel DTS-HD Master Audio at 192kHz and 24-bits.

The Oppo supports home networked A/V media standards and has external e-SATA and dual USB 2.0 ports. It also has a 2GB internal drive with approximately 1 GB available for BD-Live persistent storage.

Most important, the BDP-95 has the flexibility of double-jointed circus twins when it comes to managing speaker placement, configuration and calibration. Plus, it has numerous bass management choices, offering crossover options of 40/60/80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz.

If your speakers still don’t sound good using any of these crossover settings, barter your crapped out woofs for some questionable escort services and take up TV show lip reading.

Autocalibration is for pussies.

One nit: the Oppo doesn’t have a one-touch audio calibration feature. So what. Get your potato chipped-ass off the couch, use a tape measure and get a smart phone SPL meter app. If you want to get really audio anal, buy a good equalizer and precisely dial everything in. Teach a man how to fish for a proper calibration and he will never come begging you again for some La-Z-Boy Audyssey support.

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