Playing SACD/CD on BDP9700 (2 ch only)
Hi to all (owners and/or Philips support personnel),
Now I'm starting a new thread and hopefully someone will answer my question here.
I plan to buy a 9700 but kinda hesitate since I'm seeing so many issues related to SACD playing (especially with x.1 surround setups and with digital TV connection). I'm especially interested in playing SACD/CD on 9700 with a stereo setup: analog stereo L/R outputs (RCA) to amplifier; and analog TV to composite video output (RCA) (for unit setup and tracks monitoring and/or selection, as I don't know how much information the front panel gives). If I'm not mistaken, 9700 uses 24/192KHz DACs, so by design, I should hear PCM sound on the analog stereo outputs. Regardless of the problem of interrupted SACD playing with digital TV turning on or off (with firmware < 3.76), will I hear high quality full spectrum PCM stereo sound uninterrupted (all other channels downmixed to analog stereo L/R) when I play SACD/CD? There are no delta/sigma DACs, so I wouldn't be hearing DSD sound on analog stereo outputs, right?
Anyone knows what the differences among 9700/12, 9700/93 and 9700/98 are. Are they circuit board revisions or are they country specific? I'd noticed on some demo units, there's a jumper on the circuit board while there's none on others. If those numbers are board revs., I should avoid buying other numbers as I won't have chance to upgrade the firmware.
I hope someone will give me some idea before I go ahead and buy this product.