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Looking advice on dedicated SACD player

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I would like to add a SACD player to my listening station at home. eBay seems to have a large selection of what were once reference systems (universal players) for pretty reasonable dollars (under $300). 

 

I have seen a number of Denon 3910s and Marantz players.  I really don't need the video function.  I have also seen the Oppo 103 which looks interesting.  Its appeaers that Marantz may be one of the last making dedicated CD/SACD players.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 15

I would guess to buy a DVD player and spend a fair amount of cash for an external DAC.

A DVD player is designed to read a disk with a much denser storage track, then a CD disk.

So I would think reading a SACD would be easy for the DVD player.

post #3 of 15

What's the budget? Sony sells a killer SACD machine for ~$1500, Oppo105 is ~$1200, includes a DAC with an asynchronous USB input, an excellent headamp and will play virtually everything.

post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

I would guess to buy a DVD player and spend a fair amount of cash for an external DAC.

A DVD player is designed to read a disk with a much denser storage track, then a CD disk.

So I would think reading a SACD would be easy for the DVD player.

 

FWIW, the DAC needs a HDMI input to decode SACD.

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies, my goal was in the $1000 range if possible.  The new Oppo 105 looks pretty awesome.  The sales guy at Magnolia this week did mention that he has a fair number of returns with problems around SACD replay, thinks it will be fixed via a firmware upgrade.

 

Do you think the Oppo 105 can drive my Sennheiser HD800s...if so...might kill two birds with one stone and avoid buying another amp.

 

Bill

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Johnnysokko View Post
 

Thanks for the replies, my goal was in the $1000 range if possible.  The new Oppo 105 looks pretty awesome.  The sales guy at Magnolia this week did mention that he has a fair number of returns with problems around SACD replay, thinks it will be fixed via a firmware upgrade.

 

Do you think the Oppo 105 can drive my Sennheiser HD800s...if so...might kill two birds with one stone and avoid buying another amp.

 

Bill


I am in the same boat as you, I keep hearing about this sacd thing and some people say it is the best thing since sliced bread and other say it is not better than a well recorded cd. I need to see for myself. I came to the exact same conclusion as you...Oppo 105. There are others out there that are just as good, maybe even a bit better, but what sold me on the Oppo is it is an all-in-one solution. You get a transport, dac, and headphone amp all in one unit. When I see Sabre Dac's selling for nearly the same price as this, it is almost a no-brainer. You are getting a Sabre dac, that can be used as a stand alone dac if you want, plus all the rest for just a few hundred dollars more. I was also looking at the 103 as it is a lot cheaper but this has better dac and the amplifier. Gonna strain the budget a lot but I think this is it.

 As for the HD800, I don't know about those phones in particular, but I read a review of the 105 recently and the reviewer listened to some HD650's with it and he said they sounded great with plenty of headroom. I hope that is true cause those are the phones I have.


Edited by HPiper - 10/20/13 at 9:39am
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Johnnysokko View Post
 

Thanks for the replies, my goal was in the $1000 range if possible.  The new Oppo 105 looks pretty awesome.  The sales guy at Magnolia this week did mention that he has a fair number of returns with problems around SACD replay, thinks it will be fixed via a firmware upgrade.

 

The only real glitch I've come across happens after the unit is turned-off. Flipping it back on can cause its controls to stop responding, after it reads the USB inputs. As it's on 99% of the time, it's not a real issue in my setup. Zero issues with SACDs. I should also mention, and you likely know this already, the Oppo needs a screen-driven interphase to take advantage of all of its features.

 

Do you think the Oppo 105 can drive my Sennheiser HD800s...if so...might kill two birds with one stone and avoid buying another amp.

 

I don't know. Here's a link to a thread where I discuss my experience with its headamp. Comments from others, as well:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/642103/oppo-bdp-105-headphone-amp

 

Bill

 

Reply in bold.

 

Felix

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

I sprung for the Oppo 105 this weekend. So far I am really happy with it.  I need to run the volume at about 60 for my normal listening level.  More to follow as I run it through the paces.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Johnnysokko View Post

I sprung for the Oppo 105 this weekend. So far I am really happy with it.  I need to run the volume at about 60 for my normal listening level.  More to follow as I run it through the paces.


 



Big congrats! IMNSHO, it's the true best buy in quality audio today. If you haven't seen this already, as a FYI:

http://wiki.oppodigital.com/index.php?title=BDP-105_Headphone_Amplifier_FAQ
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

Wow...thanks for the link, that was really helpful. I was kind of scared to turn up the volume that high given my experience with amps being in the 50 range for max listening levels.  70-75 is as high as I can comfortably listen.  Happy to report the clarity and lack of any amp noise is really amazing.  I still haven't fessed up to my wife about the price tag yet, but I am really happy so far.  

post #11 of 15

I picked up a fairly cheap sacd player last week. I just wanted to see what the sacd was all about before I went and dumped a bunch of money into it. I got a used Yamaha player, mainly because the review I read said that while the video performance was only average, it was really good at playing sacd discs. I have to say I wish I had done this about 10 years ago. I was in the concert hall, sitting in about the 10th or 12th row, it was that real. Now I am ready to get into this in a more serious way. Hard to justify the 105, but the 103 is looking real good to me now.

post #12 of 15

So what SACDs are you listening to? I've glimpsed at the SACD community for the last decade, and it seems that there are even fewer new SACD releases today than there were 10 years ago. 

 

A quick look at Amazon's webpage for SACD releases sorted by newest-first suggests a paucity of new material.

post #13 of 15

Used older oppo?  Sony SCD-CE595 (it's a 5cd changer) is a good one for super cheap - I'd take it over a C555ES honestly.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post
 

Used older oppo?  Sony SCD-CE595 (it's a 5cd changer) is a good one for super cheap - I'd take it over a C555ES honestly.


Actually I saw a couple 999ES units for sale I was looking at.

post #15 of 15

havent heard that one, just recommended ones i have exp with! The 595 is a cheap one to get your feet wet with and since sacd is pretty much on lockdown the analog outs are good enough.  plus it offers surround output which is nice if you go surround sound later.  the higher end players are mostly stereo and if/when they break it hurts more $wise.

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