Originally Posted by David Meek
FWIW, I think the Opus is a good, cost-effective
solution. You have to look at what's available as source information for classical music. I'm not a guru on classical music by any means, so my following questions may all have a resounding YES answer.
Is there an online database available for your low-or-no-cost use? Is it keyed in some fashion to the CD you are loading, ie. UPC (bar code)? Is it comprehensive? Is it comprehensive enough for you? Is it accurate - which isn't the same thing? What about artwork? Is there a system like an Opus that is set up to retrieve more information than you can through Olive? If you can answer yes to all of these then maybe you should consider waiting, but from what I've read (again, this isn't conclusive) there just isn't anything else out there that meets the criteria. Well, maybe the Sooloos, but we were talking about cost effective, right?
I'm also no guru on classical music, at least not regarding all these questions. Here in Holland I have to wait a bit for the Opus to come my way, as we have only one shop that imports it, and they still don't have it.
But I have taken the plunge, and I really hope it will be my last buy after upgrading my amplifier to a LFD Integrated Zero MK-III LE, and my speakers to Phonar Veritas P5 EdMa's, that you probably have never heard (of) in the USA.
I also bought a Cambridge DacMagic as ice on the cake, and now I wait...
In the mean time I listen to my rips on my Ziova CS 510, that really does a neat job with FLAC files. But I'm very eager to hear the first tones from the Opus 4.