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    Default Oppo BDP-103 and 105 2 channel stereo audio quality - Does the DAC difference matter?

    Hello everyone,
    I have just got myself Oppo BDP-103 player after lotsa research and review reading to decide against its big brother the 105. Now I am thinking, have I made the right choice? Should I have gone for the 105 in spite that it costs twice more than the 103? As I have gathered from all that I read about them, the difference between them actually lies in their audio output through their DAC chips. 103 uses Cirrus Logic CS4382 DAC chip while 105 uses ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018 DAC chip. So the question now is have I made right choice by going for 103 giving the price of 105 being twice as much? Is their any significant difference in their 2 channel stereo analog audio rendition? All I just want is the sound to get as close as possible to vinyl's analogue level ówarm and soft to the ears, but so far 103 is doing okay as I use it with my old JVC AX-R 551BK Integrated Stereo Amplifier ócool and tight sound ...

    Please folks, help with your opinions... Thank you.

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    What kind of speakers are you running on the old jvc? You can change the source all day long but, if your amp and speakers aren't up to snuff or aren't detailed enough, you might be looking at the wrong thing to replace.

    If you want a cheap way to change the sound out of your current player, you can always add a tube buffer to it. That might get you the sound your are looking for.

    The 103 is a solid player. If you are looking to run Flac files or digital files, that is where the 105 has a huge advantage.

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    I've had both in this house and for me the 105 was a clear winner. It all depends on your needs and the rest of your gear though. My Maggies are very revealing speakers and critical of any components upstream, so while I could hear a big difference on those you may not hear it on your gear.

    The 105 ONLY matters if you're using the analog outputs. It doesn't have any extra functionality or play any additional types of files that the 103 cannot handle so don't let that impact your decision. It has the same video performance and the same audio performance over the digital outputs, so if you already have a great DAC downstream then you won't need the 105.

    That being said, if you're using the analog outputs then the difference in sound quality is quite impressive and I'd highly recommend the 105 if your gear is revealing enough to show the difference.
    Main HT
    Magnepan 1.6QR fronts, POlk R15 surrounds, Pioneer SC-25, Parasound Halo A23, Oppo BDP-105, Panasonic TC-P60ZT60, Sony PS3, Apple TV

    Bedroom System
    Polk Blackstone TL3, Polk PSWi225 Wireless Sub, HK 3490 Integrated, Oppo BDP-103, Sharp Aquos 32" TV, Apple TV

    Office Rig
    27" iMac w/Amarra, AudioQuest Dragonfly 1.2, Focal XS Book, Schiit Valhalla, Cypher Labs Theorem 720, Philips Fidelio X1, Sennheiser HD600, HiFiMan HE-500, B&W P7, LG 47LM7600, Sony PS3, Apple TV

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    The 105 also has digital inputs to serve as a Pre.

    When my Denon kicks the bucket I'll be looking at the 105 or its successor along with a new 5ch amp to make up my HT. I would stay with the 103 but its lack of even an optical input makes it a no go.
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    Samsung PN50B860 50" Plasma : Oppo BDP-103 : Roku 3 : Denon AVR-2808Ci : Definitive Tech ProMonitor 800 R&L : ProCenter 1000 : Polk FXi 3 Surrounds : Twin Velodyne SPL 10 Series II's :

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    Polk LSi 9's : Parasound HCA 1500A : Pro-Ject Debut Carbon : Cambridge 640P Phono Stage : Musical Fidelity M1 S DAC : APC H15 : MacBook Pro Retina :

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