I have been salivating about owning either a stand alone dac or cd or universal player with the 9018 sabre dac chip set in it ever since the 9018 dac came out. I had briefly auditioned the benchmark hgc 2 and the mytek dac at the axpona chicago show and was pleased with the sound as much as one could tell for such a brief listen. A audiophile friend of mine has a friend that I have met only briefly who bought a bdp 105 about a month ago. My audiophile friend has heard the 105 in his set up and said the 105 sounded promising. So budget be damned I ordered a oppo 105 with the roku streaming stik on monday nite. I got a chance to briefly talk with my friends acquantance who bought the 105 and he said he is pleased with his new machine and that it does need some seasoning before the sound relaxes and gets to a point where it is more listenable. After reading the reviews about the player sounding a bit sharp at first I guess that was what my friends acquantance confirmed.
So I am finally taking the plunge.Presently I am using a denon 3931 ci universal player and I have made a few tweaks like upgrading the fuse in it to hifi tuning supreme fuse and a couple of different upgraded power cords which I did a couple of years ago.The denon is built like a tank and has been very reliable but it is getting a bit long in tooth and can not play blue ray discs.I bought a inexpensive 3d blue ray player for that but I will probably give it away to a friend after I get the oppo player I will not be needing it anymore. That is the beauty of universal players they definitely save shelf space.
I am chomping at the bit to get my new player(estimated delivery time saturday may 11th).The 105 is everything one could want in a player that is also a very comprehensive digital hub.I am particularly intersted in the roku streaming from netflix so I can watch my movies on my flat screen display in my living room.Until now I have been watching netflix on my desk top computer monitor.
I have a Peachtree decco 2 for my desk top system with emotiva airmotiv 5 actives.I have tried the decco 2 as a standalone dac in my living room set up with my big system and it gave a very good account of itself as a standalone dac in that set up.But I bought the decco 2 primarily to upgrade the sound on my desk top from the souncard within my desk top computer. The decco 2 has definitely accomplished that. It has really bumped up the sound especially while watching netflix movies on my computer set up.
I think eventually I may compare the dac to the bdp 105s dac section once thimgs have settled in with the 105 when I get it.That should be intersting the decco 2s dac though only limited to 96 khz sounds very good in my main rig and probably would give many higher priced out board dacs a run for their money.
Edited by buson160man - 5/8/13 at 6:31am