I’m feeding the output of my Vero to the HDMI input of an Oppo 105D which then decodes the audio and sends to amp/speakers (Oppo as preamp) and sends the video to my TV (an older top-end 1080p plasma). I do this for two reasons but I need a sanity check on my rationale:
I assume the Oppo does a better job decoding the various audio formats than Kodi.
I assume the Oppo does a better job of processing the video than my TV. But does it? And what do I mean by processing… yeah, I don’t know what that means frankly. The Oppo can apply Darbee video enhancement (mine is set to zero) and the usual assortment of video calibration options are present (all set to default). And the Vero scales whatever video its playing to 1080p so… what’s the Oppo bringing to the table, video wise?
And since it all looks and sounds good to my eyes and ears, why do I care to second guess my own misconceptions? Well because I can’t get CEC to work such that I can use the TV remote to control the volume of the Oppo in the current configuration. And multiple remotes is a huge no-no with the keeper of my spine. I CAN do it if the Oppo isn’t also providing the video.
Ok, this isn’t an Oppo support forum and I’m not asking for CEC support for non-OSMC gear (CEC between TV and Vero works fine). The question really is this: is there value in utilizing the Oppo or should I just connect the Vero directly to the TV and have the TV pass the audio on to the Oppo via ARC and have CEC work? Hmmm, it’s still an Oppo query isn’t it. I guess I’m hoping the sharp people here can provide some general guidance.