A question about BDP-95 came up on the Violectric V200 thread. (http://www.head-fi.org/t/551173/review-violectric-hpa-v200-amp/1350) Here is my response:
I'm on my 3rd OPPO video player and I love them. In addition to stunning BluRay video processing and 7.1 surround sound, the model BDP 95 has a high-end audio processor/DAC with separate XLR audio outputs. The lesser OPPO models just have a stunning high-end Blu-ray player with RCA audio outputs!! When I got into headphones a few months back, I immediately upgraded to the BDP 95 .
Since I listen to CD's and SACD's, rather than MP3 or other media, I went looking for a player with a built in DAC. NAD makes several CD players that include good DACs, the NAD C 565BEE looked attractive since it has Wolfson processors and the ability to also process a signal from an external source through the player's DAC. But, at the time, for the same money, the OPPO 95 had better audio stats with a "free" high-end Blu-ray player and 7.1 home-theater sound processing thrown in. So the OPPO was easily the better choice and still is to this day. It may be worth a call to OPPO to see if they will be coming out with a newer model with external digital inputs to their high-end DAC. Here is what OPPO says about the BDP 95: EDIT: the BDP-95 has dual USB and an eSATA port so I assume one could use it as a stand-alone DAC.
"The SABRE32 Reference ES9018 from ESS Technology is the world’s best performing 32-bit audio DAC solution targeted for high-end consumer applications and professional studio equipment. With the ESS patented 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented DNR (Dynamic Range) of up to 135dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, the industry’s highest performance level that will satisfy even the most demanding audio enthusiast."
Now that I have the OPPO BDP 95 with very good balanced interconnects driving the V200, I am totally blown away by the sound quality. The music I listen to is detailed and complex. For example, with this setup I can more clearly hear (from a good recording) each of the 88 strings on a piano, or different instruments in an orchestra. It would be hard for me to imagine a better sounding DAC / amp combination at this point. I am just a little curious how much better the Apex Pinnacle might sound, but at 10 times the price of the V200? I think I'll be satisfied with this setup for many years . . . well, at least until the V282 comes out . . .LOL . . .
Edited by Rico613 - 7/5/12 at 8:54am