So i had a very interesting episode a few days ago.
About a year ago i purchased an Oppo 103 wanting to take advantage of USB inputs (to attach an external hard drive with all my multimedia), Wifi connectivity, Pandora, faster loading speeds, etc.
Soundwise I just 'assumed' the analog outputs of the Oppo would be more or less comparable to the 51FD and swapped out the 51FD in favor of the Oppo in my main system, packed the 51FD and put it in storage.
Ever since I always wondered if the Oppo DACs were really better (or at least as good as the 51FD), so a few days ago my curiosity got the best of me and proceeded to hook up the 51FD back in my main system to compare.
I burned 2 identical CDs and synched both players. All i had to do was switch inputs on my preamp for direct A/B comparisons on the fly.
I was surprised at how much better my 7 year old Pioneer 51FD sounded in comparison to the Oppo. The improvement was immediately noticeable. More air and bloom in the midrange, more 3D as well as increased clarity.
So...the 51FD is back in my main system and the Oppo now serves as a multimedia server/streamer.
Who would've thought?
This test truly convinced me i am in possession of a classic Blu-ray player!
And to think i couldn't even get $75 for it after putting it on sale for 6 months on US Audio Mart...i'm REALLY glad i had no offers