Join Date: Mar 2008
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I wanted to share some initial observations. I got my 105 recently and have been playing with settings and assessing performance. I was interested in DSD vs PCM mode for SACD playback. I'm running all analog to a multichannel preamp. My initial impression is that the SACDs I tried sounded the same whether in native DSD mode or converted to PCM. I'm pleased so now I can just leave it in PCM mode and can use speaker management settings for multichannel SACDs.
I must admit I'm a little disappointed in the overall sound so far with CDs and DVDs. I'm comparing it with a Denon 3800 BD player that was starting to act up after 6 years. When I first listened to the 105 out of the box, the sound was a bit thick, closed-in, and flat, definitely not impressive. I then left it on 24/7 for 8 days playing a variety of multichannel discs. So I now have about 200 hrs on it, and the sound is definitely better; however, I still think the Denon had more air and dimensionality. The strong suits of the Oppo so far appear to be detail, precise imaging, and articulate bass. Regarding BDs I think they may be more dynamic on the 105, but I need to do more evaluation.
Maybe the difference is the AL24 processing of the Denon player. I believe it's a type of upsampling. Maybe that's why lower resolution sources like CD and DVD sounded better.
I'm hoping the 105 (or me) just needs more break in time. The sound is still very good, just not amazing like I'm hearing others describe. These are still early impressions though.