Originally Posted by akart
The problem with SACD is that one can't use an external DAC. So if I have a great external DAC, it is useless and I have to use Oppo's internal DAC.
Only via HDMI I believe. SPDIF can´t hold that much information?
As for SACD I need to do more testing but I believe my 99$ Sony BDP-370 outperform my Audio GD Ref 9 also on my solid state amps when running SACD vs CD. CD vs CD the Ref9 is clearly better though.
I don´t have my 83se with me so I can do a direct comparison though audio memory doesn´t tell me it´s better for SACD. As with the Ref9 a bit better with CD. Though if I run my magic tube that makes everything sound good the 370 sound identical to the Ref9 for CD as well but not on my solid states. 83se was more different in it´s sonic signature.
As for the price I would be heavilly surprised if the 95 is below 1000$. Around these parts I expect something closer to 2000$ for a region free package.
All in all the oppos aren´t really bang for buck solutions I have to say. My monitor is not reference so keep that in mind but the DVD upscaling is about equal on the 83se and the sony. Bluray always look good unless you enable a lot of filters to destroy the source. I will have to think thrice about ev getting a 95 or similar. I will have to experiment converting FLAC to Wav in the mean time.