Ok bear with me, I'm a noob when it comes to home theatre/audio setups. Thus far, my entire head-fi experience has been dedicated towards portable listening.
I have been looking at the Oppo BDP 103 as a nice universal player investment. I have a good collection of sacds and dvd-audio that I can only play in my car at the moment, and of course would like to be able to enjoy them at home. I also like the fact that I can watch virtually any blu ray disk regardless of region.
However, after reading reviews on amazon, I discovered that these players can essentially be used as dedicated DACs and that they also have a dedicated headphone jack. I have a Schitt Asgard headphone amp that I use for home listening with my Senheisser HD600s, it's plugged directly to my record player preamp. I also have my ps3 going through my headphone amp for times when I need to be quiet while playing (simply through the ps3's analog audio outputs, separate from the HDMI). I am not currently using any sort of receiver
That is literally the extent of my current setup. I have a home theatre currently in storage (worth about 12K) that I can't use where I'm currently living, but I hope to move somewhere in the near future that is bigger and will allow me to make use of it. In the meantime, I'm taking a very minimalist approach.
Could someone help me decide between these two players? Are they both able to be used as DACs? What kind of improvements can I expect for that extra $700 the 105 costs? Is this an investment I can use to significantly improve my audio setup and build upon into the future?
Sorry if that's not very clear, like I said, I am a novice when it comes to home audio. Thus far, my high end audio has been portable for the most part.