Originally Posted by Ramatam
Fedex delivered the Oppo-BDP 105 today. Brought it in and let it warm up though it was rather mild here in NC today, a balmy 52F. The unit was packaged nicely (I always smile when I see the black Oppo bag...nice Rodeo Drive touch!)
Got it set up and running and I thought that it might be interesting to give immediate, 1st impressions right out of the box. I know this isn't failr, but I think that it is telling and somewhat legit.
First Impression: Totally superior to my Oppo BDP- 93, speed-wise and sonically.
Note: These observations are made with a 2M set of Emotiva X-series RCA interconnects. I don't have an extra set of XLR's on hand but will pick some up as soon as possible. also, my 1M Monster cable interconnects were too short.
I'm running through an analog pre-amp (Emotiva XSP-1) which is fully balance and connected to two 500W mono blocks (Emotiva XPA-1's) via 1M XLR. Speakers are Von Schweikert VR-33's. No surround, just two channel.
Boot up is extremely fast. I was up to the menu in the blink of an eye with my standard copy of Lord of the Rings. I would imagine BD's will be a bit slower but we're already way ahead of the game here. I was starting the movie in no time. The picture was very nice.
I thought I'd just go ahead and give some audio files a listen with just a 5 minute warm up.
I have been using my Oppo BDP-93 for the past few years. I'm in the process of storing the CD's in the collection on an external hard drive as full size .Wav's. The 93 sounds quite good but immediately I could hear significantly better sound from the 105...and this was running cold!
I put on a .Wav from a Darol Anger album. Acoustic guitar strings had so much more “low level” information associated with them. I could here, for a better term, “micro harmonics” emanating from the speakers. Sounded so much more real. Moving quickly on to Gary Willis' “Bent” album....Jazz fusion.
Bass drums were, tighter, punchier and detailed, as was bass guitar. Toms were wide open with lots of tone and ring. This thing just “breathes” in and out!
Moving onto some Hires classical.... so much more space around the instruments and each was well defined ...you were able to tease them out from the cacophony and focus on each individual one. There was more sonic information with room acoustics as well. Hires, solo piano revealed very subtle stage and hall reverberation (not heard as well with the 93). Piano can get a bit blurry/bloated on lesser systems...this one was so much more controlled and clear.
Listening to an orchestral piece in Hires from 2L.no, I could here the rosin buzzing on the solo violin strings and reverb out of the sound box of the instrument.
I'm tempted to use the colloquialism “totally unreal” but I really should say ”real, man, real!”
Norah Jones' voice had more information to it (again low level) as well....more breathy.
On the con side, this machine, at this point, has about 20 minutes on it. and was a bit hard on the top edge when I tried to push it. But let's be fair here.
This review is just first impression stuff....I was pressed for time to get the car to the mechanic before heading out to play a gig tonight...which is why I quickly grabbed the first DVD I could for video. Can't wait to hear more and see some BD's.
Sooooo, I'll let it burn in and go back and give it a more critical listen in a few days. But I'll say this now..... I'm very impressed with the sound right out of the box, with RCA interconnects to boot. I can only think that it will gradually get smoother as time goes by. I hope to add a little more to my amateur review down the road.