Originally Posted by Joey C
....I read this review on the net yesterday (singaporehifi.blogspot.in/2013/12/oppo-bdp-103d-blu-ray-player-audio.html)and this guy claims that the PURE AUDIO option on the 103 does not just turn off the video but also improves the audio quality.
I quote from the review :"With Pure Audio mode activated (the display and video sections are shut off), playback quality was pleasant, with a slightly forward presentation of the soundstage. Music was dynamic, with a smoothness to the midrange. Image size was quite big, with emphasis on big picture presentation rather than fine detail. There was a significant deterioration in playback quality with Pure Audio mode deactivated. Sadly, Pure Audio mode is deactivated whenever the Oppo is switched off."
This has not been my experience.
Anyone else notice any difference in audio ?
I have Klipsch RF-7 II fronts, an RC-64 II center, SF-3 surrounds, and an SVS SB12 sub.
On my Oppo 103, I have an HDMI splitter attached to its HDMI 1 out, and in order to prevent burn-in on my 58" plasma, I use a 10" LCD monitor to view the Oppo's menus when I'm listening to my music on an attached USB hard drive. Even so, I find the little monitor's display of the Oppo's music playback-screen to be distracting... so once I've selected the track(s) to play, I hit the Pure Audio button, to blank the screen.
But often, when I'm listening like that, I'll press the button for a moment -- while the track is playing -- to see what the currently-playing title is, and then press it again to once more blank the screen.
Doing so -- even on my extraordinarily clear speaker-system -- I hear absolutely no difference in the sound output whatsoever. I've done this many hundreds of times in the past year-and-a-half... and I always listen carefully, just to see if I can
hear any change in the sound.
There is none.