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milesjr's picture
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Oppo DV-981HD Modded player?

I was speaking with Douglas Jesse from Reference Audio and he was telling me "The Oppo units fully modded are extremely hard to beat for the money" @ about $1600 for a fully modded unit.

That seems to be a lot of money considering I can buy a used Rega Saturn for about the same amount of money that Is also hard to beat. But I do have limited experience, so hear are my questions.

Does anyone have any experience with Modded units like Oppo?

Is It worth having a Oppo modded for better sound than players like Rega?

Would this mod put the Oppo In line with much more expensive units?

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Re: Oppo DV-981HD Modded player?

A $1600 $100 player? You gots to be kidding. $1600 can get you a mighty fine well made player from Marantz, Denon, Onkyo(Onkyo surprised me, well made, sound great, super well made solid) A TASCAM pro unit is less than that!!! Like putting a $3000 Harley paint set on a Honda!!!!

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Re: Oppo DV-981HD Modded player?

I have the 981. Looks and sounds great, but I hate the flimsy slider tray and its also slow in, physical, reaction. Most of the time I have to hit the open button twice for it to react. I had there earlier version and it was the same.

I want the cambridge cd player

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Re: Oppo DV-981HD Modded player?

I have a DV-980H, and the stock sound is excellent. I'd put it in a league with $500 players. I'm sure it sounds better with mods, but you'll eventually reach a point where it would be preferable to have a better-built unit. As others will tell you, the disk tray is flimsy. The player itself is also extremely lightweight. Unless you Blue-Tac (or otherwise restrain) the feet, a press of the pause, skip, play, or stop button can cause the Oppo to slide.

If you're like me and prefer a meticulously quiet listening environment (and frequently listen softly or near your equipment), the noisy transport may be bothersome. I don't know is it's common to all Oppos, but that thing can whir. It's not a problem at normal listening levels or in a standard listening position, but it's irritating when it's audible.

So, yes, the Oppo is astonishingly good for the price, but for Rega or Arcam money, I'd have a Rega or Arcam.

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Re: Oppo DV-981HD Modded player?

I have the Oppo in question and it is an excellent player for the money. (no mods) I bought an NM24 Monarchy DAC and it, (the Oppo) is worlds better. Plus I have a lot of flexibility. I am sure that many other DAC's might serve you as well.

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