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post #8611 of 11017
I've been thinking about a new pre/pro for a while. HT had a review of the P7 with the BDP-95. That would be perfect for movies, but I'd need a basic DD decoder for satt TV. I guess I could keep my old pre-pro for that, but that seems extreme. What is everyone doing for a mid-range pure analog pre-amp for the 95?



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post #8612 of 11017
Hello everyone, been reading this thread and learning much--thanks.

I'm just about ready to take the plunge and get the 95, but I have one last question before I do. Where are we in its product cycle? I see it was released in March, 2011--when, best guess, will its replacement come out? Estimates greatly appreciated!
post #8613 of 11017
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Originally Posted by Capt Plasma View Post

Hello everyone, been reading this thread and learning much--thanks.

I'm just about ready to take the plunge and get the 95, but I have one last question before I do. Where are we in its product cycle? I see it was released in March, 2011--when, best guess, will its replacement come out? Estimates greatly appreciated!

There are no estimates. OPPO doesn't do a regular annual model change. If something did come out later that you just had to have, the OPPO resale prices are very high.
post #8614 of 11017
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Originally Posted by Chriscpm View Post

I've been thinking about a new pre/pro for a while. HT had a review of the P7 with the BDP-95. That would be perfect for movies, but I'd need a basic DD decoder for satt TV. I guess I could keep my old pre-pro for that, but that seems extreme. What is everyone doing for a mid-range pure analog pre-amp for the 95?

Hold out for little while longer and get the forthcoming Emotiva XMC-1. Pretty impressive set of features.
post #8615 of 11017
^^^
I use a JBL AV1 (Lexicon MC4 clone) processor. My BDP-95 audio through the JBL's analog bypass, other source digital audio to coax or optical. I love the processor, I don't need a processor with video processing so I pass the video directly to my plasma via HDMI. I am very pleased with the setup. I know most people probably would not like this setup, but the 95 is perfect fit me. I hope this helps a little.
post #8616 of 11017
Just to add:
I guess the point I am making is that there are lots of used processors available that are lacking cutting edge video, but you might be blown away on the audio end.
post #8617 of 11017
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

There are no estimates. OPPO doesn't do a regular annual model change. If something did come out later that you just had to have, the OPPO resale prices are very high.

htwaits,
Got it--good to know resale is high. I'm hoping the 95 won't be replaced until sometime in 2013--does that sound about right? I'm definitely getting it this weekend but just curious what your best guess is. Thanks.
post #8618 of 11017
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Originally Posted by Capt Plasma View Post

Got it--good to know resale is high. I'm hoping the 95 won't be replaced until sometime in 2013--does that sound about right? I'm definitely getting it this weekend but just curious what your best guess is. Thanks.

There is just no way to know. The replacement of the 83 with the 93 was accelerated because one of OPPO's suppliers stopped producing a critical part. I don't think there will be a new models just because a defined period of time has passed.
post #8619 of 11017
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Originally Posted by htwaits View Post

There is just no way to know. The replacement of the 83 with the 93 was accelerated because one of OPPO's suppliers stopped producing a critical part. I don't think there will be a new models just because a defined period of time has passed.

Fair enough. Can't wait to get mine set up!
post #8620 of 11017
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Originally Posted by EnjoyingMyRide View Post

Just to add:
I guess the point I am making is that there are lots of used processors available that are lacking cutting edge video, but you might be blown away on the audio end.

+1, The 95 and a good used pre/pro many are disregarding ( I use an Anthem avm20v2) has brought me to SOTA playback regardless of source, so you are not alone in your assessment, this setup has far exceeded my expectations and saved tons of cash by not changing a pre/pro that has excellent analog inputs and still takes care of Legacy formats with style.
post #8621 of 11017
^
+1
The 95 is worthy of a nice home, when paired with an older processor and the synergistic magic is flowing freely, well ya just gotta be there.
post #8622 of 11017
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Originally Posted by dmusoke View Post

rlmaclin:

How do you like the modwirght mods compared to the stock 95? I am interested in his sonics ans was curious if the difference between his players and the stock is a wow kind of difference.

David

David,

My Modwright Oppo 95 was fully modded per my specifications (2-channel tube mods to FL/FR channels, solid state mods to all other channels, Bybee rail mods on each ESS 9018 Sabre DAC, Modwright Truth umbilical option on external power supply for the tube mod, and an Oyaide R IEC power inlet), but after burn in was used as a demo at the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival in Denver last fall before it was shipped to me, so I have not heard a stock Oppo 95.
[ I received a 25-30% discount on the mods pricing by virtue of pre-purchasing a demo unit.
Dan Wright/ModWright was very recently announcing/offering some new demo units for an upcoming California audio show through AudioCircle ModWright forum.]

I can tell you I am absolutely engaged with the music coming out of my 95 playing all modes.
The sonics are to my ears a significant step up from my Modwright Oppo 83SE with solid state mods on all channels.

Sorry I can not provide the comparison you seek.
post #8623 of 11017
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Originally Posted by rlmacklin View Post

David,

My Modwright Oppo 95 was fully modded per my specifications (2-channel tube mods to FL/FR channels, solid state mods to all other channels, Bybee rail mods on each ESS 9018 Sabre DAC, Modwright Truth umbilical option on external power supply for the tube mod, and an Oyaide R IEC power inlet), but after burn in was used as a demo at the Rocky Mountain Audio Festival in Denver last fall before it was shipped to me, so I have not heard a stock Oppo 95.
[ I received a 25-30% discount on the mods pricing by virtue of pre-purchasing a demo unit.
Dan Wright/ModWright was very recently announcing/offering some new demo units for an upcoming California audio show through AudioCircle ModWright forum.]

I can tell you I am absolutely engaged with the music coming out of my 95 playing all modes.
The sonics are to my ears a significant step up from my Modwright Oppo 83SE with solid state mods on all channels.

Sorry I can not provide the comparison you seek.

Thanks you rl for your observations on your modded 95. Any problems with FW updates on this mod or the modded 83SE you had?
post #8624 of 11017
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Originally Posted by gsr View Post

Well, the BDP-95 uses relays to mute audio during HDMI handshakes, so you should expect to hear mechanical clicks from it when first starting up a movie or transitioning between things like previews and the main menu.

Similarly, some receivers (usually the better ones) also use relays for the same purpose, so you'll get similar mechanical clicks during HDMI handshakes, when switching surround modes, etc. My Denon AVP-A1HDCI and 4311CI both have relays and click away under those circumstances.

That's most likely what you're hearing and assuming that's the case, it's perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

Since this was the last post on the relays clicking, I must admit since the I installed the latest firmware upon its release the relays have been clicking twice if not three times as much Something is definitely afoot. This is only on Bluray movies with some hanging longer than usual however all else seems fine.
post #8625 of 11017
^ Clicking of the audio muting relays during HDMI handshakes would be normal, as the audio gets muted for each handshake retry. So if you are getting more retries for some reason with the new firmware, then you would also be getting more clicks.

But once the HDMI stuff settles down and the content is playing normally, there should be no activity from the muting relays.
--Bob
post #8626 of 11017
I have been giving my new 95 a real "test-drive" these last few weeks and have a few impressions.

Firstly, the analog outs produce the best sound I have ever heard in my home.
Spectacular audio (although my 7ch. Emotiva lost a channel and now I am having to use the Oppo to downconvert 7ch. to 5ch. in my setup).

Previously, I bitstreamed BDs to a Onkyo Pro 885 (no slouch, in terms of audio) for decoding.
However, the 95's analogs trumps it with a more enveloping sound field.
Definitely clearer and cleaner all around...couldn't be happier with the audio of the 95.

The video is on par with the 83, although I preferred the latter's separate EE and DE controls.

All in all, the $1,000 price tag is a little steep, but the audio performance leaves me with no regrets.

FWIW, my 83 should return this week, after its SE upgrade, and will give it a work-out in my 2ch. room.
post #8627 of 11017
My BDP-95 gave me problems loosing contact while using 24p since I bought it.
That is, in combination with any of my dvdo scalers: VP50, VP50 Pro and Edge.
Often a film played OK in 24p, at the end removing the disc and I got the msg "not supported" on the Samsung TV connected to the scaler.
Had to pull the power plug of the VP50.
The Edge often came with a green screen instead of the welcome page.

Last week, I used HDMI-2 output of the BDP-95, no problems anymore!
Of course this is good news- but what could be the reason I wonder?

Got a BDP-93 ready to be setup in my cottage, will try same with a VP unit...
post #8628 of 11017
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Originally Posted by dmusoke View Post

Thanks you rl for your observations on your modded 95. Any problems with FW updates on this mod or the modded 83SE you had?

See my post #8606 this thread re FW problem.

I have my 95 back from ModWright since last Monday and all seems to be fine now - they had to disassemle their mods and send main board to Oppo
to "flash" it. It returned with the March FW version.

I called Oppo to have them send me a CD of latest April 23 official release FW,
but to consist of only FW files for main version subversion (MCU) and loader for Oppo 95 player and no files for 93 or 83 on the disc.
I think you will understand that request after reading post #8606...
post #8629 of 11017
^ You can do that yourself by downloading the USB install version and deleting the MCU firmware file for the other player (which is the only difference).

But if the Modwright changes are confusing the installer, the "correct" MCU firmware might still not load. This is not really an issue right now as I don't believe there is an MCU change over what you've now got in there. But Modwright still needs to sort that out so future MCU updates will load correctly.

I.E., even if you only have the "correct" MCU file on disc or on the USB stick, it won't install if the Modwright changes make the player look like the wrong model to the installer.
--Bob
post #8630 of 11017
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Originally Posted by rlmacklin View Post

See my post #8606 this thread re FW problem.

I have my 95 back from ModWright since last Monday and all seems to be fine now - they had to disassemble their mods and send main board to Oppo
to "flash" it. It returned with the March FW version.

I called Upon to have them send me a CD of latest April 23 official release FW,
but to consist of only FW files for main version subversion (MCU) and loader for Oppo 95 player and no files for 93 or 83 on the disc.
I think you will understand that request after reading post #8606...

I have the Modwright SS multichannel and tube stereo mods. No problems with firmware updates. The mods to my knowledge only effect the analogue out. Have you talked to Dan about any other owners having problems with firmware updates?
post #8631 of 11017
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Originally Posted by Cyberbod View Post

I have the Modwright SS multichannel and tube stereo mods. No problems with firmware updates. The mods to my knowledge only effect the analogue out. Have you talked to Dan about any other owners having problems with firmware updates?

How do you like the sonics of your modwright mod?
post #8632 of 11017
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Originally Posted by audiofan1 View Post

+1, The 95 and a good used pre/pro many are disregarding ( I use an Anthem avm20v2) has brought me to SOTA playback regardless of source, so you are not alone in your assessment, this setup has far exceeded my expectations and saved tons of cash by not changing a pre/pro that has excellent analog inputs and still takes care of Legacy formats with style.

I would concur as I faced the same upgrade decision on a pre-pro and needed something that could handle the audio from the satellite and take advantage of the 95s analog outputs. I went with a gently used Anthem AVM30 pre-pro and have been real pleased with how it has paired with the 95 for everything I can throw at them!
post #8633 of 11017
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Originally Posted by JAM1415 View Post

I would concur as I faced the same upgrade decision on a pre-pro and needed something that could handle the audio from the satellite and take advantage of the 95s analog outputs. I went with a gently used Anthem AVM30 pre-pro and have been real pleased with how it has paired with the 95 for everything I can throw at them!

The 95/Anthem combo do play very well together indeed
post #8634 of 11017
Hi Guys,
I was looking but I couldn’t find a straight answer to my question.
When playing music files via USB or the eSATA connection and output using analog, does the SABRE DACs get use.
post #8635 of 11017
Quote:
Originally Posted by riv359 View Post

Hi Guys,
I was looking but I couldn't find a straight answer to my question.
When playing music files via USB or the eSATA connection and output using analog, does the SABRE DACs get use.

Yes.

The DACs (Digital to Analog Converters) are in use whenever you listen to the Analog audio outputs.

All Analog audio output is generated using the same DACs.
--Bob
post #8636 of 11017
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Originally Posted by barend View Post

My BDP-95 gave me problems loosing contact while using 24p since I bought it.
That is, in combination with any of my dvdo scalers: VP50, VP50 Pro and Edge.
Often a film played OK in 24p, at the end removing the disc and I got the msg "not supported" on the Samsung TV connected to the scaler.
Had to pull the power plug of the VP50.
The Edge often came with a green screen instead of the welcome page.

Last week, I used HDMI-2 output of the BDP-95, no problems anymore!
Of course this is good news- but what could be the reason I wonder?

Got a BDP-93 ready to be setup in my cottage, will try same with a VP unit...

It could be as simple as you had a bad mechanical fit at the HDMI 1 output. Moving the plug to HDMI 2 reseated the plug and so now it works. Replacing the HDMI cable could also give you a better fit.

Since you are running through an external scaler, have you been using Source Direct on HDMI 1? Does the problem also happen when using explicit 1080p with 1080p/24 Auto?

You should probably be using 1080p/24 Auto rather than 1080p/24 ON.

Do you have problems using 1080p with 1080p/24 OFF? What about using 1080i? If 1080i works but 1080p does not, that suggests a cable quality problem. You can also try lowering the signal bandwidth by turning Deep Color OFF for HDMI 1.

--------------------------------------------------

In general, when you get odd behavior from the player it is good to try doing a reset:

1) Remove any disc. Jot down your Setup menu settings.

2) In Setup, Erase Persistent Storage. Reset Factory Defaults. When the Easy Setup Wizard finishes, power off the player.

3) Pull the power cord for about 10 seconds.

4) Power up and re-enter your personal settings.

5) Power down once again. Settings are saved during the power down cycle.
--Bob
post #8637 of 11017
I am in the market to purchase a used or demo Oppo BDP-95. If anyone out there has one that you might be interested in selling, then please hit me up via pm on here. I am also in the market for an Oppo BDP-83 as well as an Oppo BDP-93. Hopefully, someone out there has one of these!
post #8638 of 11017
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Originally Posted by dmusoke View Post

How do you like the sonics of your modwright mod?

I love the sound. The Oppo together with th Modwright mods is one of the best upgrades I have experienced. Beats the pants off my old Denon 5900 with the Modwright mod. Read my review Post 5599.
post #8639 of 11017
I've recently purchased both the Oppo 95 and an Epson 8350 projector. I'd like to calibrate the projector but I'm not sure if I need to calibrate the Oppo for any color settings beforehand. Kind of a chicken or egg question.
Should I go with the default settings on the Oppo and then calibrate the projector? Any advice appreciated.
post #8640 of 11017
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Originally Posted by Alexdad54 View Post

I've recently purchased both the Oppo 95 and an Epson 8350 projector. I'd like to calibrate the projector but I'm not sure if I need to calibrate the Oppo for any color settings beforehand. Kind of a chicken or egg question.
Should I go with the default settings on the Oppo and then calibrate the projector? Any advice appreciated.

Yes, the standard advice is to leave the player settings at 0 and calibrate the display.

-Bill
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