My first post here, I hope this topic is in the correct forum.
I'm contemplating upgrading from my trusty long-time Oppo DV-983H to either a BDP-95 or BDP-105 -- 20% of the reason for blu-ray, 80% for excellent audio (for the money).
I have two systems in my man-cave: one is a multi-media setup -- Marantz SR7007 receiver, PSB Alpha B1 sattelite speakers, hdmi connections to 50" Samsung. A non-issue.
System #2 is a standalone middle range 2-channel setup...NAD M3 integrated amplifier feeding a pair of PSB Synchrony Ones -- sources are Marantz SA-11S2 CD/SACD player and the old Oppo for DVD-audio (some commercial, some burned DVDs containing hi-res music such as HDTracks, etc.) My primary reason for upgrading the Oppo is to take shiny discs and memory sticks out of the equation and enjoy several terabytes of flac-encoded music with a superior player.
My limited research, thus far, has led me to the JRiver Media Center that can stream flacs from my Windows XP-SP3 pc via a router using an ethernet connection (smiliar as I do now with my Roku). USB is out of the question, as my pc is about 25 feet from the audio system. My goal: PC/external HD>JRiver>router>ethernet>Oppo>NAD.
Now the fly in the ointment: My understanding is that the BDP-105 is ideally suited to that, allowing plenty of flexible interface with my music files -- in addition to having apps that can do that from a tablet, smartphone. Great.
BUT...the BDP-95 has a wide track record of accolades for its audio out...I'd have to spend way more to find a unit with better DACs. And I've read a good number of user reviews on forums that the 105 has inferior sonics to the 95 ("shrill high end, thin, lack of midrange..." yadda yadda) which makes me hesitate to get the former -- and grab a 95 while they're still available. However, streaming content to the BDP-95 would be clumsy and not nearly as seamless as it would on the 105.
I know I've tossed a bunch of 'dilemmas' out there, but would love some comments and advice before I pull the trigger on either Oppo.
It's great to be here..!