My opinion is to use HDMI and let the Integra handle. If its not the 95SE even oppo says to use the HDMI. You will be glad you did and you benefit from the integra's bass management and room correction
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is the reason for not using the DAC in the Oppo 95 and going analog into the integra because the integra would be the weak link???Nope.
It is that the HDMI input permits one to take advantage of the superior bass/channel management in the Integra as well as the Audyssey MultEQ XT32. These make bigger differences than those among various DACs.
The stereo outputs of the BDP-95 have the best DAC setup. The multichannel isn't different enough to warrant using the multi outs. Use HDMI for movies. Connect XLR for stereo sources. You can use bass management and room correction on the 80.3 if you choose to by using the stereo DSP Mode, if you want to bypass it just switch to Direct mode.