Originally Posted by Russ Rubman
Primare! Yes...that one looks like a winner. I love Danish design and their stuff has always been great sounding.
The Primare is an Oppo 93 that has been enhanced with different DACs than are native to the Oppo 93, new power supplies to both the unit and the Oppo board. It also has balanced XLR stereo outputs for two channel listening.
The Oppo 93 costs $499, while the Primare costs 3500 pounds if I'm not mistaken, so more, depending on the pound / dollar rates. The $1000 Oppo 95 does give you improved DACs and balanced XLR stereo outputs, but not the improved power supplies.
All of the above, including the Primare use the same video processing path, with some twiddling being done by the Primare on the SACD processing path to make it better. If you're using non-analog sound (HDMI, optical), then you are also basically using the same processing path.
The differences in video processing may exist, but are probably not great to nonexistent. The audio differences may be greater to some degree from the 93, especially if you're using the DACs, but I would think the difference would be much smaller if comparing with the 95.
To me if there are any differences they are slight, but more power to you for selecting a beautiful piece of equipment. I don't think you get much improvement for a lot more money, but if you have the supporting hardware to accentuate the small differences, enjoy. We all pay extra for higher quality at some point, so if you have faith in this company, go for it.