Originally Posted by Grit
I'm about two mouse-clicks from ordering an Opus 4, but I'm not able to find what I want to know before I do.
Can anyone comment on the quality of the sound? i read one post where the user said the digital out sounded poor compared to a different transport device. Yet the DAC in both cases was (obviously) the same. The only thing I've seen consistent on playback is the analog is low volume. Can anyone compare playback (both analog and digital) to a known source? Say a Rotel, Krell, Denon, etc.?
Also, I'm concerned about the UI. I've read plenty of unpleasant things about problems using the Opus 4 to rip music, and I've read some unhappy posts about lag/slow response when using both the remote and the touch screen. I also know a new software version was recently released (version 4), but I'm not seeing as many posts about how it affected these issues, if at all.
I've also read about high heat issues, and only one person who said his was "just warm".
I've read several times about an Opus 6, but can find no official mention of it. Does it exist? When is the next version coming?
Finally, I cant find ANY information about the incorporated DAC.
I would really appreciate any input I could get. I almost bought one today, but for $1500+, I expect something that will work seamlessly and sound at least as good as a $700 Rotel CD player. From what i've read, it doesnt sound bad, it just doesn't sound like a $1500 piece of audio equipment.
I'd really like to hear from anyone who can speak first-hand about these issues, either to verify or debunk them.
Thanks a ton!
I will preface by saying I am not an audiophile. I almost always multitask while listening to music, so, while I want and do notice quality, I rarely sit and "listen" for extended periods. My system is probably considered budget: Marantz PM7001 integrated with Polk Lsi9s and a Velodyne sub.
I haven't been able to find anything about the DAC either, and I suspect that information is not being made readily available somewhat intentionally--others may comment more specifically on this, but I recall the earlier Opus versions including high end DACs, but they were selling at much higher prices (around $3,000 US, I believe) with far less storage capacity. Personally, I noticed a slight drop in quality (analog) from my Marantz player, which has a Cirrus Logic. It does also have a low volume level. Others obviously get around this with an external DAC. I think perhaps comparing it to a $700 Rotel is the wrong approach--what you're paying for with the Opus is an all-in-one device unlike any other I've seen. Sure, there are other digital servers with presumably superior DACs, but they also come with a higher price tag and a different (and for me, more limiting) set of features.
The Opus is not, nor even near, perfect. However, I have no regrets about my purchase. I love the convenience of selecting what I want without getting out and putting away CDs. The random function has gotten me excited about music I had basically forgotten about and never would have gone through the trouble of putting into my player--so I'm listening to more of my music. And I (sort of) enjoy the (limited) control I have over it from my various networked computers around the house. The Rondo interface (essentially the touchscreen accessed via computer, iphone, etc.) is the weakest link here and I hope it improves. If we could use it as a reliable virtual control pad--including pause, play, skip, shuffle--it would go a long way toward that "near perfect" rating. I've had some problems with Maestro too, particularly moving or deleting tracks within a playlist.
You will be frustrated at times: like any computer, the screen will occasionally hang, or lag a bit. The touchpad buttons are not very wide either and it's easy to "mistouch" (I sometimes use a stylus, particularly for alphabet searches). I've gotten used to (and better at dealing with) these quirks though. It will not be "seamless" as you say, but in my opinion, the features outweigh these glitches.
Ripping: So far, I've ripped about 400 CDs directly to the Opus and been pleasantly surprised. I know others feel differently, but I've been pleased. Yes, there have been a couple oddities where it didn't recognize a fairly common album. Yes, there is a little end work through Maestro making sure the album art, titles and artists are correct (or how you want them). And yes, there should be an post-rip prompt that doesn't vanish. That said, the CDs I had trouble with were ones I knew I'd have trouble with (scratches and such) and I plan on simply redoing those and importing via PC.
Mine is warm, but not overly.
Hope that helps.