Originally Posted by ellisr63
I just called up Oppo, and they are taking the 105D back, and sending me a 103. Hopefully this will work out better... It is saving me $500.
A bit late now but may still be of some interest anyway!!!
I have an OPPO 105 hooked up at HDMI level for ALL M/C audio and at analog XLR level for ALL 2 channel.
Unless you plan on using the OPPO 105D as a top notch CD player you are definitely better off with an OPPO 103D
IME the people who hear improvements using the OPPO 105's analog M/C outs have cheaper lower quality AVR's which may have limited Bass Management options, maybe NO Room EQ and might also be older with an inferior DAC arrangement.
Or they simply want to reduce their box count and length of signal path by ditching their AVR and going directly into power amps.
Naturally the OPPO WILL sound better for them.
However as your Denon does NOT fall into that category I would advise an OPPO 103 hooked up at HDMI level.
HDMI 1 DIRECT to Display (as you now have inbuilt Darbee)
HDMI 2 DIRECT to Denon AVR
As your Denon has more extensive bass management features and offers the very well regarded Audyssey XT32 Room EQ I am quite confident that you will PREFER the M/C SQ doing it this way.
You just don't need that outboard DDRC-88A.
I also think that for M/C ONLY using your Denon with an OPPO 103 will STILL give you a better result than using an OPPO 105 analog direct into power amps.
I guess, in a nutshell then, I am saying.......If you have an good AVR or Pre/Pro and only care about M/C performance then an OPPO 103 at HDMI level is the IDEAL way to go.
The $$ saving is a pretty good bonus too!!!