Originally Posted by gbaby
What I meant is that every review of the 5000ES never focused on the analog outs but rather the picture performance and measurements through HDMI.
Any you are right, I should have preference my comments with "in my setup."
I follow now.
That is very odd that reviewers did not test the analog stage, since this would be a purchasing point for most who are interested in this unit.
I couldn't imagine spending in this price range (MSRP) solely on the video attributes of any transport.
Originally Posted by gbaby
You may have commented on this in earlier post, but what is your processor pre-amp or receiver you are using, and how is the S5000ES connected? You might want to goggle modright as they have a $1,700.00 upgrade wherein they specifically mention about it sounding more like the Sony using Sony as the point of refererence for sound. The Oppo BDP-95 downgraded the sound in my setup, but in every other way, it was better than the Sony.
I am using a Denon AVR-A100 as my AVR. However, I do plan on using it as a preamp once I decide on amplification.
I tried both (BDP-95 and S5000ES) via the 2-channel (using the front left and right of the multi-channel input) and multi-channel analog via my Zektor MAS3 audio switch and preferred the BDP-95. My ears are probably more accustomed to the Sabre DACs as I previously owned an 83SE, which also featured Sabre DACs.
I think they are both great players depending on what sonic characteristics one prefers. I have no adjectives to describe what I hear between the two transports, but my ears are the final judge for my setup.
I finally got around to reading Kal Rubinson's review of the BDP-95 whose opinion I respect to the point that I would at least audition an item based on his comments. There are not too many reviewers that have this affect on me. However, the final proof is in my setup which may yield different results.
You have a very nice setup and I respect your preference for what works in your setup.
COMPARING SONY 5400ES W/TUBES TO OPP 95 WITH TUBES!
Both payers offer the same level of performance. Because of different DACs used and other differences in the players, there are subtle sonic nuances between them, but I would say that with the same tube circuit, it is really too close to call. They are BOTH excellent!
What I am hearing is typical of what we hear with the Sony XA-5400ES and other mods, vs. stock players
Unless I am not interpreting their statements correctly; the Modwright quotes only refer to modified players. They don't compare the stock 5400ES vs the stock 95. Also, all their comments on an individual basis seem to speak to stock versus mod for any specific transport. I personally am not a big fan of mods because I don't trust my ears to hear a difference or is it the placebo affect from spending the additional money.
I personally have yet to read a comment from someone who has had their transport modified state that they hear NO difference or the improvement was only incremental. (lol)