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Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-02-2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 18,284
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Posted By BillP
orcrone, it comes down to whether you think you...

orcrone, it comes down to whether you think you want to get into SACDs. If not, I would just keep your fairly new player.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   08-02-2015, 04:14 AM
Replies: 18,284
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Posted By BillP
You won't see any difference for BluRay movies....

You won't see any difference for BluRay movies. Maybe a slight improvement in upscaled DVDs. So the main "upgrade" would be for SACDs, as you state. IMO, the Oppo has greater reliability and the...
Forum: Speakers   07-31-2015, 04:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 199
Posted By BillP
As you state, one big difference is at the lower...

As you state, one big difference is at the lower end. IMO, if you want to switch to bookshelves, you should consider a subwoofer to go along with them. I would think comparing mid-range and highs...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-29-2015, 04:44 AM
Replies: 30,856
Views: 3,246,858
Posted By BillP
Analog to use the player's audio DACs, HDMI to...

Analog to use the player's audio DACs, HDMI to use the receiver's audio DACs. It depends on which sounds better to your ears (there is no right or wrong answer).
Forum: Speakers   07-28-2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 228
Posted By BillP
The SF Olympica II's MSRP is $10k new, so a...

The SF Olympica II's MSRP is $10k new, so a little more than your budget. I recently upgraded my 12-year-old speakers to the Olympica III's, and think they are the best speakers I've ever heard (but...
Forum: Speakers   07-27-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 228
Posted By BillP
I would add Sonus Faber Venere series to your...

I would add Sonus Faber Venere series to your list to audition. Magnolia AV centers (inside select Best Buys) have Sonus Faber, Martin Logan, and B&W so you can directly compare them.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-25-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 18,284
Views: 2,125,676
Posted By BillP
PQ with all BluRay players will be pretty much...

PQ with all BluRay players will be pretty much the same over HDMI. If you don't need extra features, the old Sony is fine. You may want to check that you have the latest firmware.
Forum: Speakers   07-24-2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 409
Posted By BillP
They are good at finding stuff that happens to...

They are good at finding stuff that happens to fall off a truck.:D

Seriously, you are taking a risk buying from them for all the reasons stated above (can you be sure you will get what you...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-22-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1,862
Views: 233,841
Posted By BillP
Absolutely. I don't think anybody would recommend...

Absolutely. I don't think anybody would recommend the 105 if you plan on using HDMI (or digital audio) out. On the other hand, if you are going to use analog audio out, then the 105 should certainly...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-22-2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 18,284
Views: 2,125,676
Posted By BillP
ToonMasterTim, I certainly agree that Samsung...

ToonMasterTim, I certainly agree that Samsung products such as their BluRay players have nice features. And their displays have nice PQ. But IMO their reliability and customer service are not as...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-21-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 30,856
Views: 3,246,858
Posted By BillP
dhomes and Larry, nobody is going to pay much for...

dhomes and Larry, nobody is going to pay much for these players. They are several years old, very slow to load, have no internet connectivity, very poor error correction, and have a history of...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-21-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 18,284
Views: 2,125,676
Posted By BillP
Both are fine players. I believe both are old...

Both are fine players. I believe both are old models, so you should be able to pick them up cheap.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-20-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 1,862
Views: 233,841
Posted By BillP
I don't find the 105 harsh either in my setup.

I don't find the 105 harsh either in my setup.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-20-2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18,284
Views: 2,125,676
Posted By BillP
venkat_83 and KillerQ, many here stay away from...

venkat_83 and KillerQ, many here stay away from Samsung due to poor reliability and even worse customer service. I would stick with Oppo, Sony, or Panasonic. venkat_83, all Oppos have dual HDMI...
Forum: Speakers   07-17-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,977
Posted By BillP
Sonus Faber for me.

Sonus Faber for me.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-17-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 158
Posted By BillP
monoprice.com is a great website as well.

monoprice.com is a great website as well.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-17-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4,627
Views: 305,978
Posted By BillP
No, I don't have that problem. Do you keep the...

No, I don't have that problem. Do you keep the remote on a warm surface?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-17-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 4,627
Views: 305,978
Posted By BillP
Superfrg, I'm using the JC2 BP with the A21, and...

Superfrg, I'm using the JC2 BP with the A21, and it sounds incredible (with Sonus Faber speakers). But I haven't compared it to the P5.
Forum: Speakers   07-15-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 82
Posted By BillP
The obvious answer is to listen to them and go...

The obvious answer is to listen to them and go with whichever sounds best to you. What others might prefer may not be what you prefer!
Forum: CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports   07-15-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 200
Posted By BillP
And better audio DACs. For analog audio output,...

And better audio DACs. For analog audio output, yes (IMO) the price difference is worth it. For digital audio output, such as HDMI, then go with the 103D.
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   07-15-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By BillP
There is a whole thread dedicated to whether (or...

There is a whole thread dedicated to whether (or not) vinyl sounds better than CD. Do we really need to repeat the arguments in a 2nd thread?
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Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-10-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13,124
Views: 1,075,136
Posted By BillP
I first bought the Perception Box and then bought...

I first bought the Perception Box and then bought the Infinite collection as well, but only listen to the 2-channel layer (I have only a 2-channel stereo system). Just wondering whether to also get...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-10-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 13,124
Views: 1,075,136
Posted By BillP
Have you heard the Analogue Productions Doors...

Have you heard the Analogue Productions Doors SACDs from 2012/2013? Just wondering (Steve Hoffman usually does do a fantastic job remastering for Audio Fidelity).
Forum: Speakers   07-10-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 539
Views: 110,594
Posted By BillP
Has anyone directly compared the Elipsa-SE versus...

Has anyone directly compared the Elipsa-SE versus Olympica III?
Forum: Blu-ray Players   07-09-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 13,124
Views: 1,075,136
Posted By BillP
weekendtoy, how does the 2-channel layer sound?

weekendtoy, how does the 2-channel layer sound?
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