I'm experimenting with using the 103 as a preamp, connected directly to a multichannel power amp via analog outs. Yes, I know it's not designed to be used that way. The only "amp" I've tried so far is a vintage Marantz stereo receiver, with the Oppo's FL/FR analog outs connected to the "main in" of the Marantz. With the Oppo's volume control at 100%, the volume through the Marantz was just barely loud enough. The "main in" goes straight to the power amp section, so there's no volume control on the receiver in this configuration.
I'm contemplating using a pair of Adcom stereo power amps to power my 4.0 setup (actually 4.1 but my subs are powered and can be fed from the Oppo's sub output directly). The power amps have an input sensitivity of 0.97V. I don't have the amps available yet to test this out.
But several of you have claimed in this thread that "many" folks are successfully driving power amps directly. If you are, can you please identify which amplifiers can be successfully paired to the 103? I trust this thread would be an acceptable place to do this, since it'd directly related the 103. I might even suggest adding the info to post #1
And a quick question, based on something I read earlier about 30 pages back....is the 105 more likely to work than the 103 in a setup like this?