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Join Date: Dec 2007
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The OPPO BDP-105 may seem pricey, but it is well worth it.
The audio quality is the State Of The Art!!
The SABRE processors are incredible.
I bought the Ayre C5xe in 2006, and it was $6000. It was the top dog in CD/SACD sound quality for years.
When I bought my OPPO, I sold my Ayre for over twice what I paid for the OPPO.
The OPPO unquestionably sounds better.
When one considers that there are many players out there selling for as much as $8000 that don't sound as good, one gets a different perspective on the $1200 price.
As for video, I can only say that I have found no fault with it, but I am only using a 2.1 sound system and am not concerned with the latest little Blu-Ray surround tweaks.
Everything looks fantastic on my new 60" Sony 550 series monitor, which I love.
BTW-Incidentally, I have a few discs that I bought in 1984 when I bought my first Magnavox/Phillips CD player. Most of them were put out by Denon and Delos. They did not sound very good until I got the Ayre player, and then the OPPO. The best players make a HUGE difference in sound quality.
Almost all of the old CDs that I had written off as poorly recorded or otherwise defective sound great on the OPPO (I still have a few that WERE almost certainly poorly recorded...different story there).