Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: San Francisco and Grass Valley CA
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Didnt realize that this thread was so new. I lurked in the 103 thread where the 105 discussion was there previous to the 105 official release and was convinced to try a 105.
I've had mine since 12/20, but it is in my house in the mountains (Grass Valley CA), so it probably has 30 hours of non-critical listening on it. It replaced a cheapo Samsung I bought while another player was in for repair years ago (old Sony DVP900ES).
The Oppo resides in a system with an Classe CAP-80 integrated an a pair of Audio Physics Tempo III speakers. Currently it's connected by a modest StraightWire RCA and the speaker cables are Vampire Wire (very old--think double runs of the original Monster Cable).
Right out of the box the low end was extended and detailed. The midrange was clear, controlled, and smooth. The highs were extended and a little raged. Maybe the cable, maybe the newness. I played SACDs (Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, Miles Relaxin', Bill Evans Explorations), Redbook (Patti Smith Banga, Sun Kil Moon April, GD Dicks Picks 5) I'm not into "audiophile music." In general, I was impressed with the overall sound and presentation.
Again, still in non-critical mode, I think things have smoothed out a bit in the upper mids and high-end. I'm working on the cabling--I've ordered a Morrow MA2 XLR cable (25% off!). My Classe has a balanced input, but I've never had another component that had an XLR output, so I have no idea how to evaluate. I'm also in the market for new speaker cable.
The low end continues to amaze. It's a very musical player.
When a CD is playing, and I turn on the TV and Sat receiver, the Oppo pauses or stops CD playback. I guess this is the normal "handshake." Pretty annoying.
Also when there's a CD in the 105, and it's not playing, the Oppo's display goes into a horizontal scrolling screen saver. What screen is it saving? My TV--just cause it knows it's connected? I usually just turn the display off, but I'd rather it not do this.
Hooking up the wireless FLAC streaming from my laptop. I guess I need Oppo-approved player software for my Win 7 PC. Any of you have recs on players based on sound and ease-of-use? I know I'll be complaining about the inability to play FLACs without a pause between tracks. Are there no fans of live music at Oppo? This is a serious design flaw. They need to hire some Heads down there in MtView.
Anyway, I'm glad to get in on the ground floor of this thread. Looking fwd to talking with you.