Originally Posted by Styln
Just can't find the time for a full review so here is an instalment. I've added my equipment list in my profile so look there if you're interested. Also, unlike previous reviews, I won't be doing an A/B comparison. The systems are already split-up and I'm trying a less is more approach to my main listening system.
I burned-in the BDP-105 for about 5 days without listening to it until this review. Setup was done with the AIX Records audio calibration disc that came with my 83/SE and my trusty Radio Shack SPL meter. After level setting, I used the Stay In Tune With PentaTone SACD setup disc to ensure 5.1 SACD was also setup correctly. Because I am trimming some channels SACD --> PCM is applied. This system is an all audio system, and it is not standard or typical in that it is a 4.0 with all speakers capable of producing full-range sound. Finally, for this test, I removed my Audio Research MP-1 multi-channel pre-amp and connected the BDP-105 directly to the amps using RCA cables/connectors. The front speakers are driven via the stereo outputs in LT/RT mode.
I really like the sound of this player. It has the Oppo house sound and therefore, has the same timbre/tonal qualities of the 83SE I've been listening to for years now. This is a very good thing! My take of the Oppo house sound is it's detailed and cool. By cool I mean, there is no tube softness, rolling of transients, etc. If you like to hear the detail, good and bad, this player will let you hear all your system will reveal.
Soundstage sounds a bit wider, but it was already excellent. The soundscape has no problem expending beyond the outer edges of the speakers. Imaging too, is excellent with everything placed correctly. Hard to say, but I'll bet there is a bit more placement delineation between vocals/instruments with this deck. Everything is spatially separated and easy to hear. A wide soundstage with pinpoint imaging means I really enjoyed my listening session today.
Because I made two changes to the system (removing the pre-amp and replacing the 83SE) I was very concerned that I would lose system synergy. Happily, this was not the case
Feeding the BDP-105 variable outputs directly to the amps is working very well: rock still drives and jazz still swings. To me, this is the most important sound related test, because if a component doesn't have system synergy, then I send it back.
Wood - Brian Bromberg - CD
Love Deluxe - Sade - CD
New York Reunion - McCoy Tyner Quartet 2.0 SACD
Machine Head - Deep Purple: 5.1 SACD
I used these four albums for bass testing. Wood is a phenomenal album that displays both traditional and unique bass sytles and sounds. Here I am listening for tone, over-tones, and most importantly, to be wowed by Brian's virtuosity. If I'm not impressed/floored by what he does, then the system has failed. With Sade, I'm listening for a seamless immersiveness that only the Ice Princess can evoke in me. There is a lot of flowing bass here, and I expect it to be pervasive and enveloping without exhibiting sloppy transitions. On New York Reunion, Ron Carter is the man. The syncopation on the opening number needs to make me smile, if not burst out laughing for joy. I just love that opening! Not bass related, but I always listen to "Ask Me Now" on that album because Joe Henderson's sax solo will tell you a lot about your system. Finally, I listen to Machine Head. The electric tube bass sound is just captured so faithfully on this album. I love to crank this one up and see if the system will rock-out.
As you can probably guess, I am completely satisfied with how the deck played these albums. Everything I heard was rendered with incredible detail and beauty. I had no problem connecting to the music. The bass was deep and tight. Overtones vividly apparent. So this round of the test the BDP-105 gets an A+ from me.
Time permitting, I'll do another review or two focusing on the treble and the midrange for vocals and instrumentals. However, based on what I heard today, it's hard to imagine a flaw serious enough that it would change my opinion.
Finally, all listening was done with discs today. I still have reservations regarding DLNA control and need to spend more time to see if the going silent in the middle of song problem persists with a different server. My hat is off to Oppo for making such great sounding equipment and for letting people try it in their system before fully committing.