Kudos to FedEx for being out in this on-again off-again storm in NYS.
Unpacked and waiting for the 95 to warm up. Heavier than the 83SE. Understated in appearance. This time the 95 arrived inside the black bag (slightly awkward to remove from the bag) and with the usual excellent packaging. No marks on the outer shipping box.
Noticed a wireless adapter dongle included along with an extension (6 feet) device to attach the dongle if so desired. I choose the same set up used with the 83SE, i.e., small but capable Apple Express (bridge) connected to the 95 with ethernet CAT 5, though the wireless should be sufficient.
The layout array for m.ch RCA outputs is better in my opinion than the layout on the 83SE as they are spaced out linearly along the top of the back side of the 95 instead of bunched up on the left side of the 83SE.
If not useful to reader, please skip to the next paragraph.With my present equipment, will not use XLR for 2ch analog outputs. ordered XLR caps to cover the outputs for the time. (For the following, please indulge me as it is merely for information only): Connecting AudioQuest Columbia RCA interconnects from the 95 2ch outputs to the Nakamichi CA-7 and to the PA-5. For the present, Blue Jean Belden 10 gauge speaker cable to the KEF 107s. AudioQuest C8s to the LFC of Atlantic Technology 450 THX. Monster 12 gauge flat to SLR & BSLR. The CA-7 is connected via Pangea 14SE power cord to PS Audio Power Plant Premier which is connected to one of the Soloist Premier Special Edition power outlets via Pangea 9. The PA-5 with Pangea 9 straight to the other Soloist Premier Special Edition power outlet. Power cords: Pangea 14SE from 95 to PS Audio Power Plant Premier and AudioQuest HDMI from HDMI 1 on 95 straight to Sony KDL52XBR5. Blue Jean Toslink and Coax from 95 to Yamaha AV DSP-A1 and AudioQuest Black Mamba II RCA interconnects for m.ch outputs (5.1) to Yamaha AV DSP A1. Presently have no interest in 3D or able to use HDMI 2 for anything (yet). No objection to 3D.
After a warm-up from outside temperatures and set-up, I'll start playing my collection of CDs/SACDs/DVD-A and Blu-ray audio/video on both 83SE and 95 and share my experience. Won't be able to match all cable interconnects on 95 with the 83SE, but what I use will be quality cabling (debatable as that might be for some).
In case I haven't expressed this: I am happy to start the introductions to the 95's performance.
I know it's a long post.