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Reply #15 - 12/23/13 at 12:42:55
 
And for us that can't afford the Oppo cdp 105 get the cdp103 at $499 just as good , at least stereophile couldn't tell the difference, rated them together. c'mon man!!! Sorry this thread is about the Racheal.
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Reply #16 - 12/23/13 at 21:32:44
 
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And for us that can't afford the Oppo cdp 105 get the cdp103 at $499 just as good , at least stereophile couldn't tell the difference, rated them together. c'mon man!!! Sorry this thread is about the Racheal.


I would like to read that article ... is the article online and/or do happen to have a link for it?  

I have a BDP 95, but have been contemplating purchasing either the 105 (or 103 as I already have a DAC that I like quite a bit, so I was figuring maybe I could get away with the 103) ...
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Reply #17 - 12/25/13 at 16:44:23
 
stereophile October 2013 500 recommended components ,however I read where DIY audio , that the 95 was configured better than the newer players hence sounding better , so I would do a ton of research before jumping for the newer players....... Merry Christmas to all!!!
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Reply #18 - 12/26/13 at 02:12:47
 
Stereophile October 2013 -

Oppo BDP-105: $1199
Oppo BDP-103: $499 $$$
Oppo’s latest universal disc players offer a host of
versatile and powerful features. The BDP-103 has
two HDMI inputs; two HDMI outputs; a DLNAcompatible
Ethernet port; three USB ports to handle
hi-rez audio, video, and picture files; and an RJ-45 jack
to access the Internet for audio and video streaming. It
offers bass management, channel-balance and -delay
settings, and remote control of input selection and
volume. In a larger, heavier chassis, the BDP-105 adds
three digital inputs (asynchronous USB-B and S/
PDIF on coax and TosLink) and has two eight-channel
Sabre32 ES9018 DAC chips—one for its 7.1-channel
RCA output, the other for its dedicated two-channel
outputs on RCA and XLR jacks. Compared with
the ’103, the ’105 sounded cleaner, smoother, and
more detailed, regardless of source or number of
channels, said KR. Though the ’103 was “no slouch,”
Kal was more impressed by the more versatile ‘105.
“I know of no other high-quality player with such
a comprehensive feature set,” he said, deciding that
Class B was appropriate for the ’103. A free firmware
upgrade provides multichannel DSD capability and
supports exFAT drives, but doesn’t currently offer
gapless playback of DSD files. KR was thrilled: “The
electricity and communication I experienced were
unprecedented.” (Vol.36 Nos.5 & 7 WWW)
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Reply #19 - 05/11/14 at 13:26:56
 
the oppo 103 is a poormans levinson, and not sure about that!!!
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Reply #20 - 05/11/14 at 14:01:42
 
After reading posts from a jazz lover on a jazz board or two that has an all Levinson system, I would hope Oppo isn't the poor man's Levinson. This guy hates the sound of almost every cd he puts on, only audiophile stuff seems "okay" to him. I'd hate that, I'd sell it in his shoes but he thinks it's the world's best and cd manufacturers are plotting against him putting out all these releases he can't enjoy. Sigh.

I'm not a fan of the Sabre DAC sound and Oppos haven't really impressed me much but you can't beat the features for the buck ratio. . . if the features are useful to you. (For me, not so much).

SE34!.3 owners: would you say that the amps are "somewhat forgiving?" I wonder if they still share that characteristic; my .2 was and it made my listening to so much of my collection really nice.
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Reply #21 - 05/12/14 at 14:20:52
 
Hm, somewhat forgiving ?
I played a side of Charlie Parker, mono, and the drums sounded like a boomy tea chest, one note thump, not much the SE`s could do about that.
Soundstaging goes as wide as is recorded so no glossing there
I like to think what I hear is the cartridge being amplified....and if a more analytical one were in place then the SE`s would  be upto the job. So far there`s nothing to suggest otherwise. Of course, not hearing other p/amps n Decwares range it`s me thats forgiving by gettiing immeresed without questions except one...." When will you stop dithering and pull the trigger on  that new cart that`ll blow you away.......make your mind up "

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Reply #22 - 05/12/14 at 14:30:22
 
Thanks. My .2 was definitely more forgiving in comparison to the Rev. A Zen amp and the Select and the SE34  Monooblock Decware amps I had before. Not immensely so in that it didn't color or veail much at all, but it did sweeten the high end and open the midrange up a bit more which aided my worst recordings to be just a bit more than they were. It was all digital for me at that time, if I was doing vinyl it was in a B&O system.

My guess is that the .3 IS a bit less so than the .2--that is the direction that the Decware amps seem (to me) to take as they are progressing through model numbers: more and more clarity and precision. For me that's not always the best path to musical satisfaction. But they're all amazing amps.
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Reply #23 - 05/20/14 at 13:01:35
 
Well I`ve taken the leap. The cheque is in the post for a Micro Benz LP.
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Reply #24 - 05/20/14 at 16:09:40
 
No doubt, analog would be a great path to follow with the SE in mind. I miss it. In the meantime, I am loving the fact that I can use digital source and get away with it. So much so, that I forget the source am amazed by the music.
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Reply #25 - 05/28/14 at 11:57:52
 
I'm happy with my Saber-based Vega DAC, and I know some folks think Saber can be fatiguing but maybe it's the quality output stage on the Vega that makes it all work. My 34 is straight no gain and it has VCAPS.
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