Originally Posted by kamenoff
Guys, I am planing to buy a modified OPPO 103. Any feedback will be appreciated...I understand that OPPO 103 comes with 4xS/PDIF upgrade and seperate 3G SDI which if I understand correctly is a video upgrade...is it really necessary?
As concern the 4xS/PDIF upgrade, any noticeable improvement in the SQ?
3rd party hardware modifications to the stock OPPO BDP-103 player are still very new since the player itself is so new. It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY anyone has had time yet to get a real handle on whether they work (for mods from some specific vendor), what their value is, and whether they introduce any problems -- either now, or down the road as OPPO issues firmware updates.
Some people do of course buy modified players, and there are obviously enough happy customers to keep these mod shops in business. But really you have to know you are taking a gamble any time you go this route. For example, OPPO can't service a player while the mods are in place, so you have to believe the mod shop can take care of service for you if the mod is not easily removable.
I've got no personal experience with the type of mod you are describing so I can't offer any evaluation of it.
In the world of SD-DVD, SDI output (a type of professional connection) was used to tap directly into the output of the disc decoder in the SD-DVD player and thus bypass any sort of video processing the player might do or any issues that might arise in the normal video output path of the player. Whether you want to go that route depends on how much faith you have that OPPO know what they are doing in their own video output (via HDMI). Multi-SPDIF mods have been used in the past to get around the limitations inherent in normal SPDIF (such as no multi-channel except via traditional, lossy, Bitstream formats. That type of multi-SPDIF mod is for people who want to connect the player to an external DAC set. Again, whether there is value there depends on how much faith you have in your separate DAC. As an alternative, getting the better DACS in the stock OPPO BDP-105 player might be an alternative.
If you search the web, you'll likely find discussions from people who like to believe such mods are a good idea -- and that may be a better source of info on what they can offer and what the pitfalls are. This thread is, of course, primarily populated by folks using the stock player.