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Things are a little tighter this school year than last, as I've moved out of the dorms and into my first apartment. This Fall is slightly more restrictive for my folks, too, with higher property taxes and a less convenient assessment schedule this year.

So, for these reasons, I have decided to postpone the purchase of a turntable, probably until next Summer or Fall.

Instead, I told my parents that they could get me an Oppo DV-970HD for my birthday.

I made the decision for several reasons:

1.) After I bought an Audio Alchemy DDE v1.2 for use with my music server, I connected my NAD C525BEE to the DAC, and have come to the conclusion that I prefer the (slightly more detailed and rhythmic) presentation of the AA. Hence, I've been using the CD player purely as a transport for some time now. Any other well-designed disc spinner could take its place.

2.) A DVD player would be a very nice thing to have (I don't have one currently). I can check out movies from the media center in the Undergraduate Library for free (!). Also, if I ever have the opportunity to invite a lady friend over, "Would you like to come back to my place and watch a movie?" is much more universally appealing than "Would you like to come back to my place and listen to some well-recorded CDs?"

3.) I'm dying to hear the hi-res digital formats, and the Oppo handles them, reportedly quite well. I find stereo SACD particularly appealing.

4.) Academic curiosity compels me to find out if entry level CD players (like my NAD) can be bested by a half-price giant killer.

5.) Oppo have sweetened the pot by selling refurbished DV-970HDs for $120. That's not a big drop from $150, but enough to close the deal. I'm going to see if I can delete the HDMI cable and freebie analog ICs for an additional discount.

I'll keep you posted! Initial impressions and a comparison review are forthcoming.

Cheers,

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Fun!

I've been tempted to get one just because of all the raves.

My bet is that the buck per yuck factor is very high.

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My bet is that the buck per yuck factor is very high.

I hope so!

I was reading through the features and specs today, and the 970 apparently has a pure audio mode that shuts down the video circuitry for when I just want to listen, which is most of the time. Maybe we'll see a DA-970HD with no video circuitry at all; a poor man's Ayre C-5xe or Esoteric SA-60.

I need to call Oppo tomorrow and ask if the USB 1.1 port on the front panel in iPod-compatible, which would be ridiculously cool. I could also free up an input on my amplifier. I'm also curious if the reason for refurb sales is a yet-to-be announced replacement. Or maybe they wouldn't tell me that.

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Fun!
I've been tempted to get one just because of all the raves.

Unless you have a completely thread-bare budget, go for the newer DV-980H.

Kal

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What makes you feel that way? Would I realize any benefit?

I don't have a receiver, so I can't take advantage of DSD over HDMI.

I don't care about the enhanced video features because my TV is older than I am.

I have two speakers, so 7.1 versus 5.1 analog means nothing to me.

Is the "optimized high-fidelity audio circuitry" in the 980 considerably better than the guts in the 970?

I'm glad you dropped in on this thread!

Thanks,

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What makes you feel that way? Would I realize any benefit?

Probably not but I was not recommending it to you, but to Elk (and others).

Kal

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Thanks, Kal! I knew you were responding to Elk, I just thought there might be a two-channel audiophile reason to upgrade. I'm glad to hear that there isn't. If I can save myself fifty bucks (hehe, Elk reference), I'll certainly do so. The 980 does look a lot nicer and match my equipment better, though. Oh, well, silver it is!

Thanks again!

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Thanks, Kal!

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So, after speaking with an Oppo representative today, I have decided to spring for the 980. I may not need many of the enhanced features, but the gentleman indicated that the audio circuitry has been substantially optimized versus the 970. That, coupled with USB 2.0 (versus 1.1) and the "serious audio enthusiast" black chassis, has convinced me not to save fifty bucks. Don't worry, Elk, you're safe; I'm still interested in saving bucks.

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Have yet to hear anything different on any Cd/SACD player that has the video off on ckt switch...nada...but then I'm sure that's becuase my system is not revealing enough, etc etc etc right? Looks like a marketing thing, on the things, cus' it does nothing!

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Marketing or not, at least they are making an effort to appeal to audio enthusiasts specifically. I'm much more interested in the new Cirrus Logic DAC, though.

I thought you'd be happy that a confirmed vinylphile is giving DSD a spin.

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Have yet to hear anything different on any Cd/SACD player that has the video off on ckt switch...nada

Many do. Moreover the spectral differences can be, and have been, measured.

If you don't hear any difference it is clearly something that you need not look for in a component.

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