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Olive Opus No. 5

Anyone heard the newer Opus No. 5? I'm considering a 750GB version. It seems like they've beefed up the DAC over the No. 3 and it offers reasonably Hi Rez playback levels. If it sounds good, I'll probably jump, but they don't have dealers (other than Amazon and Ebayers) so I can't go hear for myself.

By "sounds good" I mean that it's comparable in sound quality to a $1000+ DAC.

Too bad it doesn't have a universal reader. I may have to downconvert to WAV in my computer in order to get some of my hi rez discs loaded in. I wonder if it'd take a digital feed direct from my Oppo. Oh well, those are details. My plan would be to load all my CDs in at hi rez and then a large number of my vinyl albums, particularly the D2D, then pack all the CDs away and use the Olive as a primary source, along with my Pro-ject RM10.

Dave

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Re: Olive Opus No. 5

Hi-

Yahoo has a forum for Olive users. One of the members owns an Opus 5 and an Opus3 modded by redwineaudio.com.

He thinks the modded Opus 3 sounds better than the Opus 5.

Since the mod is about $750, it's a very cost effective package. The $500-$1000 you save vs. the Opus 5 can be used to buy external storage for the Opus 3. Also look at the Opus3S, which uses a perpendicular drive and should be more reliable over time.

Good luck.

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Re: Olive Opus No. 5

Thanks firedog

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Re: Olive Opus No. 5

The Opus No. 3S is going to be my next purchase. My plan is to then pair it with a Benchmark DAC1. What makes the Perpendicular type hard drive better?

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Re: Olive Opus No. 5

The only advantage I know of is the higher information storage density of perpendicular drives. I don't think they are any more reliable or otherwise "better".

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