Question Am I Doing This Right?

DJ Dave

Member
Hi all

My current set up is as follows. I have a Yamaha AS2100 Amp, a Lehmann Linear Headphone Amp, an Oppo UDP 203 UHD Player, an Amazon Firestick. Speakers alternate between Monitor Audio Bronzes and JBL 530's.

My TV is still HD only (Pioneer 436XDE) which I still love. That is connected via HDMI, with the Audio out RCA to the Yamaha. For music I am playing the occasional CD on the Oppo, or using a USB stick via the Oppo.

My main question is should I be using the Oppo to also stream from the iPhone? My problem is the Oppo only picks up tracks (from the iPhone) that are saved in the iTunes App. I have also noticed that sometimes when I play a CD, I have a panning issue for a few seconds when sound only comes out of one speaker. I think this may have something to do with the TV needing to be turned on, even if I am only playing music from the Oppo. I think it may be a refresh or HDMI issue? I do have the Oppo connected to the TV Tuner box via HDMI, but I also have the Oppo connected via RCA straight into the Yamaha, using the RCA out on the FL and FR analogue on the Oppo.

I have the Firestick connected to the TV tuner via an Oppo HDMI extension box. I am not sure if there is a way of connecting the Firestick using the Oppo, need advice on that.

Can anyone help please? I'm sure there is a better way of connecting this all up?? It's very annoying getting the pan issues when all I want to do is play a CD. Seems ridiculous to have to put the TV on.

Also, I was going to add a Yamaha WXAD10 for streaming, but surely I can get more from the Oppo?
 
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gibbsy

Moderator
That's presenting an odd problem. The best connection from the Oppo for CD is definately analogue with HDMI being a poor transport for music. Have you tried disconnecting the HDMI out from the Oppo to the TV to rule out a problem there. What about multi channel SACD if you have any. Unfortunately is seems that there are few Oppo players throwing up a few problems of late. Oppo are still supporting their players and if you track a problem to the player then open a ticket with Oppo.

As for playing CDs I found my Marantz cd6006 is certainly on a par with my Pioneer LX500 even with an analogue connection. Now with a far better standalone SACD player it smashes the Pioneer out of the park and the Pioneer only gets used for multi channel music.

I think you'll have to go through everything methodically, including the Yamaha.
 

DJ Dave

Member
That's presenting an odd problem. The best connection from the Oppo for CD is definately analogue with HDMI being a poor transport for music. Have you tried disconnecting the HDMI out from the Oppo to the TV to rule out a problem there. What about multi channel SACD if you have any. Unfortunately is seems that there are few Oppo players throwing up a few problems of late. Oppo are still supporting their players and if you track a problem to the player then open a ticket with Oppo.

As for playing CDs I found my Marantz cd6006 is certainly on a par with my Pioneer LX500 even with an analogue connection. Now with a far better standalone SACD player it smashes the Pioneer out of the park and the Pioneer only gets used for multi channel music.

I think you'll have to go through everything methodically, including the Yamaha.
Thanks for the reply. I shall try disconnecting the HDMI lead. I’m only using stereo speakers. I’m sure it’s not the player, probably a HDMI thing. I’ve barely used the player.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Thanks for the reply. I shall try disconnecting the HDMI lead. I’m only using stereo speakers. I’m sure it’s not the player, probably a HDMI thing. I’ve barely used the player.
Have you got CEC control activated on the TV? Turn off all CEC controls on all units. That certainly does very odd things via HDMI.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
If you had it would be under HDMI control. Can't find an easy manual online to have a quick look. Certainly try the Oppo without any connection to the TV. I often use my Pioneer for SACD and that doesn't need the TV turned on. Blu-ray audio and DVD-A will both put menu and stills on the TV which suggests there could be a handshake issue between the TV and the player when playing CDs.
 

DJ Dave

Member
If you had it would be under HDMI control. Can't find an easy manual online to have a quick look. Certainly try the Oppo without any connection to the TV. I often use my Pioneer for SACD and that doesn't need the TV turned on. Blu-ray audio and DVD-A will both put menu and stills on the TV which suggests there could be a handshake issue between the TV and the player when playing CDs.
Absolutely. The Oppo would still put a pic on the TV for playing a CD. I had a brief try playing the Casino film soundtrack CD earlier, with the HDMI unplugged from the Oppo, and it appeared to be ok. I’ll try a USB stick with preloaded music on the Oppo tomorrow. Thanks for helping again. Glad you are enjoying your SACD.
 

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