Originally Posted by EnjoyingMyRide
Did you at least audition a stock
95 before venturing down the mod route?
In Oppo I trust!
(Oppo's down the road from here in Cali)
I had a 980H (still do/right in front of me now/in the desk system).
Was only using the 980 for music in the main system, however when I got the mod'ED unit comparED the two. W/the tweakED/broken in 980 & the fresh from Rocky Mtn Audio Fest MVI 95 it was close.
The 980 was darker, butt really held its own on two channel of my personal fave demo disc muzak.
The MWI 95 is now preforming at a much higher level. Even video-wise. Got the Disney "WoW" disc last night & color/depth is outstanding. Even on non-3D older titles. "Dangerous Liaisons" was joyfully too watch; w/skin, fabrics, & objects showing GREAT dimensionally.
The reason I got the mod'ED unit 1st, was actually was planning too get a non-mod 95 next month (April), was because a MWI show demo unit came up for sale last Oct.
MWI figures the demo discount different than me; the way I figure it, I got the 95 for free & only paid for the mods.
Can't say I'd do it again.
I'd spent over a grand tube rolling last yr & another 300 bucks this month.
If you do it, just go right for Dan's tube suggestions.
Save a lot of time & $$$..
Some say the 95 is the perfect thousand dollar player.
I wont argue that.
I've spent 5K (tube mod +, tubes, XLR cables, iso platforms, power cables, region free mod, multi-channel solid state mod, Bybee rail mods, & even wooden blocks) on my 'free' 95.
I justify that (ugh!) w/the fact an Ayre base uni is 6K based on the old Oppo 83 w/o 3D & w/o tubes.