Originally Posted by alephc
Sorry for my brief interventions.
Sorry if anyone was offended by the way I exposed my views.
By the way, I do not like marketing intoxication.
Good life, and good luck
OK, I'll bite...
Oppo is sort of the exact opposite of a "marketing-driven Company" - IMHO.
They deliver an exceptional product, for a very reasonable price, and then stand behind it with great support (both on forums like these and via direct communication) and warranty (2-year Warranty on the 103).
As for whether the 105 is worth it - ultimately you'll have to listen and decide for yourself - luckily they know this and offer a 30-day no hassle trial period.
You could also use google to find and read all the accolades given the BDP-95 for sound quality.
The 105 will have the same DACs as the 95 plus, it's rumoured, more advancements that should put it ahead of the BDP-95 in terms of sound quality.
All the digital inputs on the 105 are worth the extra expense for a lot of people - me included.
It can be used as a small AV pre-amp; I plan to run HDMI from my Digital Cable box to it - it will up-convert that signal to 1080p and it will do a great job with the audio from my digital cable box too. But I can also run other digital sources to it - like my squeezebox - again using the exceptional SAbre DACs to do a better job then the squeezebox can do by itself.
In my case, buying the BDP-95 meant I could forgo an expense AV Receiver/preamp upgrade for another few years. I just run analog from my Oppo to the analog ins on my Arcam AVP700 - I love the end result.
If I was wealthy - I would probably spend $10,000 on an AV Pre amp - then it would not matter what BluRay player I had - yet I would still buy the BDP-103 I think (the bdp-105 would then probably be redundant as I would expect the mega-bucks AV pre/pro would have equal or better DACs and so I would run HDMI from the 103 to the AV pre/pro) - for reliability, warranty and support reasons, and maybe for 1080p netflix and vudu interfaces too). So yes, my opinions are all a function of price and value.
I am missing out on auto room correction/equalization but for me the simple controls for speaker setup on the Oppo are sufficient - the sound of DACs is more important, IMHO.
With the BDP-105's digital inputs I can maybe take the AVP700 out of my system completely. That to me is well worth a few hundred dollars more than the price I will get for my BDP-95 on the used market.
The 103 has 2 HDMI inputs too - that alone could make it worth the extra $100 over another brand of BluRay player.
Do you have a digital cable box for TV? Do you want to up-convert SD shows and even the DVD-quality channels to full 1080p? Not many other players can do that at all, and maybe none that can, can do it as well as the Oppo.
If none of this makes any sense stick with the Yamaha stuff.