Originally Posted by Torqdog
In all seriousness, those who purchased the 105 to replace the 95 in their arsenal have been strangely silent. "Burn in" time should have just about ended by now and it's about time that we hear some first impressions folks. Or are y'all sooooo blown away that you haven't been able to leave your listening chair?
I upgraded to the 105 for one reason--to get rid of the fan. In our listening environment, it was a distraction (very quiet house up in the mountains, loudest noise is birds).
Getting rid of the fan was worth the cost of the upgrade all by itself, and it definitely runs cooler (a lot cooler), which is a benefit.
But in addition, the speed of the unit is significantly better. The annoying getting-read-to-get-started lag on Blu-rays has been greatly reduced, menus are snappy, navigation is crisp. All good there, and hadn't expected this, so it was a pleasant surprise.
The clicks are still there when muting during transitions, but because everything is faster, there seems to be less of that.
HDMI handshake and lock is nearly instantaneous.
Sound is as good as ever, as is picture quality. I wouldn't say it's remarkably better than the 95, but it's certainly no worse. Listened non-stop over the past week with no fatigue, but that was true with the 95 as well.
I don't use streaming features (can't--no way to get any kind of reasonable broadband, which is the drawback to where we live), but if I did, the flexibility of the 105 (and 103) compared to before would be a benefit.
To summarize, I highly recommend the 105 over the 95 if:
- The 95's fan bugs you, and/or
- The 95's heat bugs you, and/or
- You want a built-in headphone amp, and/or
- You want to decode external digital sources through the 105's DAC, and/or
- You want faster startup and transitions
Otherwise you could probably just stick with the 95.