Originally Posted by Rick R
Well I know little to nothing about the Outlaw 990 so I cannot comment on that. However nice speakers always liked B&W, looking at what you are currently using through a digital connection, the Pio 05, and the Oppo models IMO would definitely offer an improvement using either the analogue or HDMI output a lot will of course depend on what amplification you are using (I suspect pretty decent). Yes the 05 is a nice player for it's time and if it was not for it being so slow and a bit temperemental possibly a contender but at $50 little to lose and it still does give a lot of people, including me, a lot of enjoyment.
Your hearing being a musician will be good and probably pitch perfect. What I was more commenting on was sensitivity, where my hearing is discerning it is not very sensitive to very low level sounds which is where a friend of mine and others who can literally hear a pin drop have found the intermittent fan noise in the Oppo 95 to say the least irritating. This has been taken onboard by Oppo and the 95 replacement the 105 does not
have a fan. This might be a way for you to go if you could stretch to it.
Having said all the above if you don't think the fan noise
in the Oppo 95 would be a problem, and many don't find it a problem and you are OK with the cost, if it were me then that is the way I would go. You do seem to indicate that you might be using it for music only? If that is the case and you are not going to use it for movies, then it is rather overkill and there are probably better options for that out there, although there are the nice features of SACD and DVDA etc. which the Pio 05 and many other players will not do. The Pio 05 could be better because it is least costly option for music only although again is should be noted this is primarily a bluray player despite its very good analogue audio performance.
Which ever way you choose to go IMO you are going to find a definite improvement. Being nosy:eek: I would be interested to know which way you do eventually decide to go.
I mentioned this in the BDP-09FD user thread, but my living room display is a Panasonic 36" Tube HDTV (from 2001) that only can only do HD-1080i over Component. Since it doesn't have HDMI, I'm looking for a Blu-Ray player to replace my current Pioneer Elite DV-37 DVD player that I've also had since 2001. The Pioneer BDP-51/05/09 and Oppo BDP-95/93 all support BD playback at 1080i over Component, so that's why I'm looking at these options. The Oppo-95 usually sells used for around $750, while the Pioneer BDP-05FD is about $200. The 05FD that's on eBay locally has a current bid of $100 on it. Even though the price is good, my concern is any issues that it may develop over time, or have problems with some discs, like other people have wrote about on here.
For Audio, I'm using a Adcom 5 disc CD changer (from '98), with an MIT digital coax cable to the Outlaw Audio 990 preamp/processor (using its DACs), and then with MIT Oracle XLR balanced cables to the Outlaw 7500 amp (200W x5), and the MIT Shotgun speaker cables to the B&W 804S/HTM3S. Initially I was thinking about the Pioneer BDP-09FD since it has the really good audio output stage, and use it for BD/DVD and CDs (to replace my Adcom CD player too). But with all the problems people talked about with the BDP-09 (and them selling used for $700-800), I decided to look for the BDP-05FD, or the Oppo BDP-95. From the specs and reviews, it looks like the Oppo BDP-95 would probably be the way to go, since it plays everything and has a good audio for CDs.
If/when my Panasonic Tube HDTV goes out, and I have to replace it (Plasma, LCD-LED, OLED), then I'd probably look at whatever the newest ones are from Oppo, or maybe someone more high-end like the McIntosh MVP891 (or current model).
Since I haven't seen an Oppo BDP-95 in person, I'm not sure how noticeable the fan noise would be for me. Right now my DVD player is on an open shelf on the right side of the TV, but I could put the BDP-95 on the left side (where the audio components are) since it's enclosed and behind glass (through the back is open).