Originally Posted by stevec325
Nice review...I could have done without this, however:
"...Walker discs and Shakti stones on top, sitting on a thick MSB isolation plate; while the BDP-83 was only on an MSB plate with simple carbon fiber feet"
That kind of ruined the review for me. Anyone who believes that putting stones on their gear will improve audio quality, has lost most/all credibility with me. I won't even comment on the other snake oil BS
I will comment.
People like John Sunier
drive me nuts because they keep companies like Monster and their legal dept so well funded.
The real gem was this...
I first broke in the player with an F.I.M. demo disc for a few days.
Now where's a double blind test to determine which player has been 'broken in'?
These people are frauds and do a disservice to the A/V community by offering their opinion as technical commentary. It's way too easy for companies to just toss free gear or advertising their way and get comments back like 'more richness and fullness' and 'more air'.
Here's a hint Mr. Sunier...if you say the analogue output on the BDP-83 sounds better than the 983H, why not research the SNR and tech specs of the analogue audio stage (resampling, DACs)? And if CD sounds largely the same on both machines, but SACD/DVD-A is much improved, why not look into the dynamic range of different medias - or even the 'hot' (boosted EQ) CD studio mixing that results in clipping on limited dynamic range CD media?
If Mr. Sunier replaced opinionated, bad poetry with some technical study, he might be less surprised that a CD does not offer the best test of analogue stages.
Unfortunately, bad poetry still sells consumer electronics and frivolous 'upgrades'.
It might not be good for advertisers, but I'm willing to hang it out there and opine that a foray into technical evaluation and double-blind studies would conclusively demonstrate that the upgraded BDP-83 analogue stage has a much bigger effect than 'carbon fiber feet' upgrades. Do I go too far?
To try get rid of all this negative energy, I'm going out to the garden now to sit in my vortex. Maybe I'll try find a good rock to put on the Oppo...any suggestions on placement...maybe igneous, crystal?
Feng Shui for your electronics...it will enrich your life (and your suppliers wallet).