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commsysman
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THE DEATH OF THE $5000 CD PLAYER.

I have sought the best CD/SACD sound I can get for years.

Accordingly, when Stereophile raved about the sound of the Ayre C5xe i bought one in 2006 (for $6000).

It is ceratinly very good, and the MP upgrade made it sound even better.

But, kind listener, the OPPO BDP-95 sounds even better, and only cost me $1000.

I think Stereophile is acting unethically if they now test ANY CD player without doing a direct comparison to the BDP-95 or BDP-105 (the same unit with a couple of added features).

Doing a review on some $5000 or $7000 CD and NOT comparing it to the OPPO is just plain dishonest.

If the more expensive unit does not sound better (and it will not, IMO), then Stereophile has an obligation to say so.

This is going to make the makers of these more expensive units unhappy, so I guess Stereophile has a problem. They seem to have a choice between losing the ad revenue of those companies, or dancing around the truth.

Not a fun choice to make, I suppose.

The fact, though, is that the manufacturers of these more expensive units already know that their products have been made obsolete and drastically overpriced by the OPPO, and they are pretty much screwed until they make a better model for a much lower price. Lots of luck on that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Oppo for me

My MAC Mini is the best transport I have had to date.  There is no way I would lock into any standalone player.  The progress in computer playback software in the last couple of years is quite remarkable.  You can choose the playback software that best suits your taste, most offering playback improvement over time via free upgrades.  I mainly listen to vinyl, but the gap between it and my MAC Mini, feeding an external DAC, is narrowing.

What has sparked my interest of late is the Shiit Bitrost.  It's "upgradable", I'm sure to a certain extent.  That would make the DAC part survive a bit longer.  Even at that, a $350 DAC in 2-3 years will most likely out perform most "sub $2,000" standalone players of today.   

Even Oppo seems like they come out with "newer better" players every year.  To look at any one option, at a brief snapshot in time, is difficult in this fast moving digital playback environment.

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$5,000 CD players may be a

$5,000 CD players may be a dying breed, but if true, I suspect it would happen without the help of Oppo disc players. Doesn't technology generally get to its cheapest point just before obsolescence?

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$5,000 CD players may be a

$5,000 CD players may be a dying breed, but if true, I suspect it would happen without the help of Oppo disc players. Doesn't technology generally get to its cheapest point just before obsolescence?

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There has never been a better

There has never been a better time for +$5000 cd players. No Oppo for me!

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What

WOW , to suggest that the BDP-95 sounds better than the C5 , I respect everyone's opinion but I own both units too . The 95 is a fine sounding player for the money but it lacks detail , speed and adds unwanted colour when compared directly to the C5 , I guess if your into that its ok .  

I've had many audiophile friends and club members over to my listening rooms and none preferred the sound of the Oppo in either system .

We are all entitled to our own opinion but It's another matter to suggest that the well tuned and seasoned reviewers at Stereophile are being unethical and dishonest , I must take issue with that . 

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Unethical-really??!!

For not comparing ALL CD players to the Oppo?

What if they just plain don't agree that it sounds better? 

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