Ok I wanted to read this thread but, with 7149 responses it just can't be done.
I did read about 50 pages and found some of what I was looking for. The sound quality of the 93 is less than what I was expecting. It is, as others have said THIN, Analytical, lacking musicality. Prior to downloading the update via disc firmware 38-0126 the sound was 1/4 speed to fast? After loading it, it sounds right but lacks the aforementioned sound quality.
To help I will list my equipment. Arcam Av-9 processor, Bryston 4B sst, 6B sst, Dali Helicon 800 fronts, Dali CC5 center and Dali phantoms for the rears. Also use a Furman power conditioner. I am comparing the 93 to a Sony BDs550 for P/Q and audio on the 5.1 side. I have a 65" Mitsubishi CRT RPTV and a CRT Marquee 9500 L/C modded projector. Both use HDMI for video and analog for sound.
On the stereo and SACD side it is being compared to an Integra DPS10.5 DVD player that uses Wolfson DACS. The Arcam uses Crystal DACS when decoding internally. The Arcam passes the audio through untouched, analog direct.
The P/Q of the OPPO is flat out hands down better than the Sony in every way. Depth, color rendition,stability. However; the Sony sounds fuller, brighter, with DTS MA. The CD and SACD sound better on the OPPO than the Sony easily. But the Integra DVD blows them both away for music for either CD or SACD. And by a large margin.
I was considering the 95 to compete with the Integra because they are both isolated designs. But The secrets to High Fidelity scope test shows them as nearly identical in responses. So I thought the scope can't lie, why spend the extra cash?
The Nuforce edition of the 93 looks to warm up the sound some which is what I think I would want.
I also had a Jolida JD-100a tube CD player but sold it because it was never used as the Integra sound was just to close to it to bother using it.
So in summation the Picture is stunning... the sound ehh.
Anyone else thinking this way? I may just send it back, but I am hesitant as the P/Q wins and maybe just the Nuforce board would solve my issues.