I just bought a blu-ray player, and was unhappy to discover that it can't output the digital information from an SACD into the external DAC I want to buy. I may have found a solution: an HDMI switcher from Monoprice that will accept HDMI input, and send output via either HDMI or toslink or coax.
Do you think this will work? I don't know whether the HDMI switcher sends the full-resolution SACD information to its toslink or coax outputs. Or will the non-HDMI outputs be limited to some down-sampled Redbook CD version of the SACD information?
The blu-ray player is an Oppo BDP-93, but I believe the digital output restriction applies to all blu-ray players, for legal and contractual reasons. The external DAC I want to get is a Schiit Bifrost, which, like most DACs, lacks an HDMI input. The DAC will then feed my old-school preamp, an Audio Research LS3b, which only has analog source inputs.
And here's the switcher:
Monoprice 5557 -- $43.21
HDMI Switcher w/ Toslink & Digital Coaxial Port (Rev.2) w/ 3D support