Originally Posted by golffnutt
Thanks fdgrimes for your reply. Yes, dedicated stereo analog is extremely important to me as it is with all audiophiles I would think Niney-Eight of my music listening is done thru 2 channel audio. I can't beleive that OPPO left this option off the 103, if anything they should have included the 83SE option in the 103 and priced it accordingly for those of us who want the best of both worlds with music and movies, (assuming the 105 does not have the 83SE upgrade either).
Looks like to have best of both worlds you would need the 83SE for audio and either the 103 or 105 for blu-rays. Why not have the best of analog stereo and the best of 5.1,7.1, (blu-rays), etc., in the same unit or does the 105 have both?
I'd be careful about lumping the 105 with the 103. The 105 has dedicated stereo outputs in both XLR and rca modes, as well as a well regarded headphone amp built in.
There are two Sabre DACs used in the 105, one for multichannel and the other dedicated to stereo outputs. Those choices (among others) and things like the Asynchronous USB input, allowing a straight digital pump of music from a computer to the 105's DACs instead of relying on a music card. Many other choices (toroidal power supply, choices made along the whole signal path), put this in a separate category as far as analog sound quality.
I understand not liking losing a separate output, but given improvements made, the two non-dedicated FL/FR may produce good stereo sound in the 103. It's a good question to ask in the 103 forum, where I know it's been talked about.