Originally Posted by mrlittlejeans
If I understand correctly, the 105 can be used as a DAC also due to the digital optical and coax inputs while the 95 can't. This would allow me to get rid of my external DAC and just use the Oppo's analog outs into my preamp. Is that right?
You are correct that the 95 does not accept Digital Audio Input. The 95 can pull media files off of an attached hard drive or accessed over the network from a DLNA server, but there's no way to "push" a digital audio stream into it.
The new players CAN accept "pushed" Digital Audio.
The 103 can *ALSO* be used as a DAC/Sound Processor with the digital audio coming in on:
1) Front HDMI Input
2) Rear HDMI input
3) Audio Return Channel on HDMI 1 Output, or
4) Audio Return Channel on HDMI 2 Output
In addition the 103 can also "render" Digital Audio pushed into it over the network by a Digital Media Controller (software that directs files from a DLNA server into the OPPO player).
Which above is also all true for the 105!
Then for the extra features unique to the 105, in addition to the Optical and Coax Digital Audio Inputs you mentioned, the 105 also includes an asynchronous USB Digital Audio Input.
Frankly, I think people are going to have a field day exploring all the different possibilities here.
Now, there are practical limits for all of this stuff that people will need to get familiar with. The Manual for the 103 has already been posted on the OPPO Digital web site, and that's a good place to start. For the features unique to the 105, you'll need to wait a little longer for similar details.