oppo 83se is the only way to go.
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Since you are using the digital output into the Krell, it's the Krell that determines the sound quality not the player. If the Krell does a poor job of handling jitter, then you may notice a difference with different players.
You are correct, the Oppo 83SE will not help you unless you use the analog outputs. You might want to do that, because you will not get any of the BR lossless formats via the digital output as you are currently connected. Your choices are HDMI and analog and with analog the player must do the decoding.
Regarding video, my understanding is that most the the BR players do a great job with BR. The issue is how well they scale SD DVD to HD. In that regard, players that use the HQV or Anchor Bay video processors perform well. The recent Panasonic players also do well. You can read the player reviews at Home Theater magaznie for details.
The Oppo uses the Anchor Bay so video will be as good as it gets. Choose the SE model if you want better analog and connect it that way to the Krell processor.
If you are smart...? The oppo83 will output multi-ch anything via hdmi and analog with onboard processing for older non-hdmi units. The smart question or concern is whether or not the preamp/recvr will accept it. Either way the oppo handily outdoes the denon and then some. The customer service/support alone is worth the price of the unit. Buy the oppo!
I received my Oppo BDP-83SE DVD player and I have tried it in my Home Theater system. It is going to stay. The picture is great what can you say it is BlueRay. Sound-wise it is better defined in the center channel than my Denon DVD-9000. I think the Denon had more air around the notes though. They are both using the same Krell processor with a coax. You would think they should be the same. I did not try analog because I do not have enough interconnects to hook up the Oppo player analog. I will buy some in the future.
Since I can not compare them, my Denon DVD laser quit and will only play CDs. I tried putting the Oppo BDP-83SE into my big stereo tube system against my Mark Levinson 2 piece. The Oppo is good but in a system of 40 tubes it can not hold its own. I guess it is not really fair comparison because it is apples and oranges. The Mark Levinson beats it all over and especially in the mid range. If I could make one change it would be a smoother mid range. I was using the same Audioquest Diamond x3 interconnects for both adjusting volume for single ended and balanced.