Originally Posted by JA Fant
Has anyone here compared the BDP-09 to the newer Pioneer Elite BR spinners ?
I had a brief comparison between the 09 and the 88 last year.
My take was that the 09 with its Wolfson DAC had a richer sound, whereas the 88 had a more detailed sound; it uses an ESS DAC. The lower frequencies of the 88 were a bit light in comparison, though still satisfying. Some reviews talked about the Oppo 105 (wich uses an ESS DAC, perhaps the same one) being a bit light on tonal balance; that sounds about right to describe what I heard in the comparison. The 88 can go up to 24/192 sampling, which seemed to open up the sound as well.
As for video, I can't say I saw significant differences in the pictures of the respective players, not enough to have stuck with me as the audio difference did. Both give great pictures, with the 88 perhaps a bit crisper, but I'd have to do the comparison again to be sure. The 88 is much
faster at loading discs, and the speed difference isn't small in my opinion.
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