A TV is useful. Get yourself a small cheap TV dedicated to setup. A 13" will generally be cheaper than a 9" (strange but true). Mine cost $79 at Best Buy.
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It comes set up for 2 channel output/downmix and other defaults that will require you to use a monitor to reset them. You will not need it after that.
However, since the unit is so light and small, you can carry it to your current TV, connect it, fix the settings and then carry it to install where you wish.
Thanks for the input. Kr4, are you saying that it already comes set up for optimum two-channel audio? The only reason I would get the Oppo 980H is for audio and not for video at all for the next couple of years at least. With that said, I would have to buy or borrow a TV set to get it set up properly or not? Sorry if I did not understand completely.
Do you think that there is another budget CD player in that range that would be better for audio only? I kind of think that the OPPO is the best for the money according to forums and Stereophile magazine, whom I really respect.