I find the little Oppo 93 I have, to be delightful on SACD and DVD audio! This is when I hooked it up using good analogue interconnects to two better than average Denon AV receivers. My audiophile friends also thought the SACD was as good as my more expensive Sony non blu-ray, CD/SACD/ & some DVDA players, we were only comparing the music using good quality SACD and DVDA disks. One friend said the $1000 Sony ES, new price a few years back, sounded better, another said the other Sony ES, CD/SACD sounded a little better, no one thought there was a big difference and all felt the SACD it two channel, or multichannel sounded nice for the set-up, which was not high-end.
Then we did another test, I have an older model SonyES used as a transport, to an ARC DAC, to am ARC preamplifier, lets just say all the power, tube triode on high frequency and a powerful SS for the bass, with bass management.
Here the Oppo, connected directly to the pre-amp, with good RCA, sounded very weak and lost much definition, as did both on the Sonys. We were all a bit taken back by this experience. I then used my McCormack direct and the sound vastly improved, we all were in agreement, at last something was standing up to the ARC! However, on HDCD, through the ARC DAC, the sound was improved along all dimensions, other than some warmth from the McCormack in SACD two channel The best Sony also gave it a run for the money, yet the ARC, using a BNC connection, or coaxial, to BNC adapter proved to be overall the best. Some of us felt the McCormack was more pleasant on soft jazz, some with partiality for a softer, more rounded female voice, but we all felt the ARC was overall the best, in symphony and lager Jazz, classical and rock playback. The difference between the McCormack and the best Sony ES, was a mater of opinion, some liked the McCormack more, while I am more used to the Sony
All this proves to me is that with very high-end gear, then the sound with music shows a big difference, yet with the AV receivers, they still sounded very nice and you forget the comparison once it is completed. Why shouldn’t a very high end system top a player, with its on DAC, like the Oppo and Sony CD/SCSD/DVD, without blu-ray not be comparable to components that cost around 4 grand or more a piece, sound better, and who really care, unless you what to set up a super HT with such a stereo and add the best processor, with the best five channel amplifier?
I know I am new here, not not yet seen as a real person, so, feel fee to find this out of place, I am mainly saying the Oppo for $499 on Amazon was a good deal for me and sounds very nice! I am beginning to like multichannel with music now.