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Streaming with Oppo dilemma(s)

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..!

Van

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My general impression is that

My general impression is that the 105 is at least the equal of the 95. I haven't heard them tho. I have the 103 and the analog out audio is better than I expected

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Glad you like your 103 but...

your response to my query, with all due respect, isn't very enlightening.

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I haven't heard a difference for the worse going from

the Oppo BDP-95 to the Oppo BDP-105. For the most part the 105 and 95 have the same DACs, complementary circuitry and output stages. The 105 has changes (stiffer chassis, no fan) that should improve the sound, not degrade it. There is no dilemma as far as I'm concerned. The Oppo BDP-105 sounds great (I think a little better than the 95) and has the streaming features you want.

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differences between the 95 and 105 include...

the configuration of the DAC's channels has been altered to accomodate the new headphone amp. the sabre32 is an 8 channel DAC, and some of those channels are now allocated to the headphone amp as opposed to using all of them for the 2 channel output. i wonder what effect if any this has on sound quality. by the way, i don't believe oppo would build the next generation universal player as sounding worse than the 95. 

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95 vs 105

The tech guys at OPPO say that the analog circuits and DAC are unchanged and identical circuits in both units and there is no difference in sound quality; not possible.

One of the SABRE 32 DAC chips is used for decoding the 7.1-channel outputs; the other is used for the stereo outputs. This only requires four channels of the 8 available on the second DAC chip, leaving four channels of the second DAC unused in the BDP-95. In the BDP-105, two of those unused four are utilized for the headphone output. This will make no difference to any of the other circuits.

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i understand...

i understand what you are saying about the channels, which makes me relieved. what is unclear about your post is: is the sound quality different on the 105 vs. the 95 then? (for the 2 channel output)

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with all due respect
vanpelten wrote:

your response to my query, with all due respect, isn't very enlightening.

Then you are entitled to a refund of what you paid for it.

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