Originally Posted by Bulldogger
You made your mind up a long time ago. I asked whether you planned to build the Frankenstein player but you would never admit it. Guess you didn't want to seem biased. I"d just buy an Oppo 105 instead of the home-made stuff. One owner is telling me it sounds better via HDMI than the Oppo 95. Not sure it this would hold true for the Oppo 93 to Oppo 103, just reporting an end-user's impression. He said, that the Oppo 95 sounds muffled and less dynamic via HDMI compared to the Oppo 105. That's a surprise as I do not know what differences could account for this. I would advise you to take notice of how many Theta owners would even consider a home mod with home-made parts. Seriously???
Even I would not. I think you are wasting a lot of guys time. This is a Theta thread. Maybe start an Oppo mod thread? Just my opinion but that power supply looks ridiculous.
You know, where I come from we have names for guys like you. Some short. Some longer. Few exceeding 2 syllables.
What "Frankenstein player" are you referring to? I don't recall you asking me anything about building such player and I certainly had not made my mind up about anything until I purchased the LPSU on 23 December.
I"d just buy an Oppo 105 instead of the home-made stuff.
Are you buying anything these days? And besides, you've said before that if one isn't going to use the analogue stage in an Oppo then the 93/103 model would be your choice.
He said, that the Oppo 95 sounds muffled and less dynamic via HDMI compared to the Oppo 105. That's a surprise as I do not know what differences could account for this.
The main (digital/video) board of the 103/105 has undergone a number of enhancements since the 93/103. Perhaps they also did some work on the HDMI portion of it as well. Perhaps the next Theta transport will benefit from these - but they're available today.
I would advise you
I'll pass on that
This is a Theta thread
Well done. And the Compli Blu 3D is an Oppo 95 main board with a Theta power supply. That's why I have been interested in Steve's comparisons of the Compli Blu 3D with his favourite 2 channel audio device, the Bryston BDP-1. He ranks it very highly but not quite as good. There could be lots of reasons for the "not quite as good" part (the lack of jitter from an optical stage in the Bryston, the Bryston sound card etc). However, the reasons as to why the Compli comes much closer than the Oppo would appear to be very few: chassis and power supply (having noted that disconnecting the analogue stage of a 95 takes about 2 minutes).
Rightly or wrongly, I think chassis is largely cosmetic but I do note that one of the things the Oppo 103/105 continues to improve on previous models (as did the 93/95 from the 83) is the damping of the optical assembly.
So that leaves power supply. Do you have anything to add regarding the benefits a Theta linear power supply delivers to an Oppo 95 board operating fully in the digital domain or are you going to continue to rant on about Dr Lee with Mary Shelley references? Is it all down to lower voltage-indiced jitter?