Originally Posted by WiWavelength
Has anyone else read this review?http://lens-views.com/Audio/OPPO_BDP-95.html
Wow, I have read my fair share of subjectivist reviews, but this one may take the cake -- quite possibly the most overripe, genetically flawed equipment review that I have ever read. The reviewer frequently writes as if he is waxing poetic about a Renaissance work of art while he is knocking back a bottle of vino:
"The awareness of perception is followed by the reception of meaning.
More surprising to us was how transcendentally meditative Baraka’s whirling dervishes were felt to be. We knew this was the intent of the whirling, but never before had this quality been transmitted to us in a way that welcomed us to join in their meditation. The OPPO allows us to immediately forget that the technical aspects of player, amplification and electronics and we are lost in the unique space of the movie."
To review the review, it earns an "A" for creativity but an "F" for validity.
Well, I liked the review and can tell this person is an audiophile as he admitted biased in his love of Vinyl over CDs. Many of his comments make sense to me, and I feel the same way. For example:
“The first rule is that measurements do not reveal very much - at least not to the end user, and can very easily misinform. There is a thinly veiled assumption that what we measure is relevant to the experience of listening to music or watching a movie on video. As of this writing, we have no reliable way to measure the effects of a recorded music performance or video movie on the listener.”
I even seen someone on this board mention the spec THD, as thou it was key point in determining quality, but in reality it means little, and sometimes mean something very bad if the spec is very low. In amplifiers it can mean the amplifier designer used too much feedback to get the spec low and sacrificed the sound quality of the amplifier.
Other key comments that I liked are as follows:
“My tech guru, Nick Gowan of True Sound in Campbell, California (whose contribution to my theoretical and practical understanding of circuits is hereby acknowledged as are his observations as part of the evaluation panel), gives the BDP-95’s power supply high marks for using an expensive high quality toroidal transformer where it matters.”
“Bottom line here is that as a transport there any number of vehicles out there that are better, but that to achieve the level of performance of the BDP-95 as a complete player you’d have to spend 4 or 5 times the money.”
“On a more subtle note, it will be of interest to some of you that dialogue has been given a boost in clarity such that those with hearing losses might be able to disengage the subtitles. How often do we groan when actors mumble their way through a scene, in character, perhaps? It was clear to me how rarely I would need to replay a scrap of dialogue, or worse: bring up the subtitles. Hmmm - a good reason to consider the BDP-95 even if your playback is of only average quality.”
“There was no question in the minds of our panel that what they were seeing and hearing was the best they had encountered. Rich Green, a leading international figure in CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association), declared the picture from the DP-95 “flawless” and that he had never felt a living room disappear so quickly and effectively. (Rich also very much liked OPPO’s Speaker Configuration diagrammatic menu. Me, too.)”
“But if you have first-class audio playback and surround, or are willing to pay for whatever gain you can find to avoid subtitles - if you want the best value in a universal Blu-ray/DVD/CD player, with superb digital-to-analogue reproduction, whether from high definition video sources or tried and true CD or SACD sources - if you want to breathe new life into your video library - if you want more than technical excellence - if you want an emotional connection to and lose yourself in your movies, then look no further than the BDP-95.”
I wanted to see a review like this from hardcore audio enthusiasts. I did not expect the 95 to come out squeaky clean when true audiophiles will put it put against the best they ever heard, and knowing the 95 only cost $999. To know that they felt they only saw weakness from the 95 when they compared it to a separate Transport/DAC combination costing $10,000 speaks volumes.
Lastly, if you are reading a hi-fi magazine that never criticizes products, BEWARE!