Originally Posted by jmcomp124
For volume control I use a Placette Passive Line stage (see first post that gives a little more context) in stereo mode. For HT, there is a bypass in the placette. I tried some HD tracks via USB and there were occasional skips for high resolution tracks. eSATA appears to be more stable and of course more storage with an SSD than flash.
I also use the placette passive line stage with the 95. I put the placette into the system several years ago with the EAD 7000 Series III DAC. Bypassing the volume controls on my integrated amplifier and inserting the placette provided the single most important upgrade to my system. I would never have thought that the "standard" volume controls introduced such noise and distortion until I heard the difference.
As far as the 95 2ch dac is concerned, while it provides uncanny clarity there is a lack of musicality when compared to the EAD dac. I listened to the 95 for several months before switching back to the EAD. When I did switch back from the first notes played I realized what I had been missing...Having said that, I do use both dacs...the EAD only handles old formats so for listening to SACD and HD audio files I use the BDP-95...but for my older CD collection the EAD has more depth, wider sound stage, and just overall sound more realistic to live performance.
I think the 95 could benefit from power supply modifications, the noise floor is high and could be improved...but spending more $ on a multifunction unit doesn't make sense.
I have also noticed that playing files though the DNLA sounds better than through the USB port...same files, same hard drive, but there is definitely more distortion when playing from the USB port. Have not tired the eSata as of yet.
For those who have not tried a passive preamp using the Vishay S102 resistors or a Bent Audio TAP preamp, if you have the opportunity to audition one in your system, odds are you won't look back.