unshielded, unbalanced interconnects
Originally Posted by ZoNtO
Recently acquired a BDP-105D on Craigslist and hooked it up this weekend.
Previous system chain: PS3/Mac Mini --> glass optical / USB --> Peachtree Audio Nova125 (integrated DAC/amp) --> Clear Day Cables Double Shotgun solid core silver cables --> Magnepan 1.6QR
New system chain: Oppo BDP-105D --> Clear Day Cables solid core silver unshielded, unbalanced interconnects --> Peachtree Audio Nova125 --> double shotguns --> Maggies
(Bolded components are the only things I changed.) Speakers set to large and proper stereo settings enabled in the Oppo. Fixed signal output and use Peachtree preamp functionality. Power conditioner is APC H15. Everything plugged into appropriate filtered ports. Power cables for Oppo and Peachtree are Shunyata Venom3.
The first thing I noticed when upgrading the chain was a much harsher and strident sound using some material I was pretty familiar with. After letting the system settle for a day or two, I tried again yesterday and the same negative attributes were still present. Curious, I hooked up my same optical cable from the Oppo to the Peachtree (bypassing the Oppo DAC and the interconnects) and the sound I was used to returned, a little less detailed and with slightly less resolution, but not cringe-worthy.
Since the Oppo uses the ESS Sabre 9018 chip and the Nova125 uses the ESS Sabre 9023 chip, I doubt the DAC switch is the culprit and think it's probably the silver interconnects. They are a 1m pair, unshielded, using the same solid core silver as my speaker cables that I preferred when A/Bing two years ago to the copper speaker cables I demoed against (AntiCables level 3 reference).
Has anyone here had a similar experience? Any recommendations for a good copper RCA interconnect to try out and determine whether the silver interconnect is the culprit? Sort of disappointed after reading about the player for so many years to not be able to listen to it comfortably for more than a few minutes after first hookup...