I for one hope it is an improvement and not an over cooked goose or a dog with a sweater! I'm glad Oppo listens to there customers but there is a point at which one must decide the important fundamentals. I want the 105 to exceed the 95 in pure raw performance first but from what I understand thus far they added something and killed the reference benchmark performance of the 95 to make the new feature work, I call that compensation and I hope the end result is more than a work around. I just don't want it to come down to choosing features over performance in that case the 95 will stay. Non the less this will be fun and I'm looking forward to the auditioning of the 105 as I'm willing to put my money on Oppo for one upping themselves.
Well Oppo has already indicated that while there were some design considerations; overall performance was not sacrificed. Some have already reported subjective improvement.
I know you have already commented about the quad stacking in the BDP-95 and the lack of it in the BDP-105, but I'm willing to bet that Oppo accomplished their goal of implementing new features while maintaining the audio quality of the BDP-95. Also, these design decisions may have actually raised a new benchmark in the BDP-105. I think anyone really interested in the BDP-105 and is a present owner of the BDP-95 should audition the BDP-105 (which you have indicated you will) and then offer an opinion as opposed to challenging some of those posters who have auditioned both and are currently favoring the BDP-105.