Originally Posted by googly moogly
Anyone? If this isn't worthy of a reply in a oppo 105 sound thread perhaps you could explain what I need to do make it so.
Here's a review I wrote and posted to the Owners Thread in December I think. (I also posted a Blu ray review in the owners thread as well)
"Oppo BDP 105 as a Redbook CD player
First off, I don’t have any SACDs; therefore I don’t know how that format sounds on this machine. I plan to look for an SACD or two that that I already have the equivalent CD in and compare them. Should be fun.
My current Redbook CD player is a Cambridge Audio 840C that I’ve had it for about 3.5 years. Really like it. Felt it was quite a bargain; really nice sound. Been using it for CD play as well as running my TV tuner and Blu-ray player (Marantz BD7003) through it. I recently compared the 840C to the new BDP 105 with several CDs, which I’ll note below and share my observations. I had about 175 hours on the player at that time; mostly it’s been playing CDs. But I do use if for Blu-ray/DVD playback for 2-3 hours every night as well and that is the primary purpose I bought the player for.
In my testing, I first listened to the 840C and then listened to the same track or tracks on the BDP 105. The only changes required for this were that I switch the input on the McIntosh from CD1 to Video to change sound duties to the Oppo. I also used the same copy of the CD and both the Cambridge Audio and the Oppo use the same model of Blue Jeans interconnect, one for each. I have no variables so I can best hear what it is the two players do on Redbook playback without influence from cables, burned copies of a CD, etc. I took notes during listening and used them to write up this review.
I first listened to Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Planet, Track 1, Gone Forever. This is a new-agey sounding CD with only average sound quality. On the 840C it has a floaty and cohesive sound, but is kind of flat and 2D. It seems a bit veiled and doesn’t have much sparkle or liveliness to it. Bass is strong but a little flabby or mushy. The player provides a nice wide soundstage on this track. Again, this track just sounds average at best. Not really very convincing on the 840C. – With the BDP 105 this track is much more floaty, displaying air and more ambient detail. The presentation is holographic and provides excellent resolving of the material with a lack of perceived veiling. Bass is very well controlled and has much more texture to it. On the 105, this track sounds much more natural.
I moved on to a CD I really like a lot and one that lets a system shine. The artist is Cibele and the album title is “The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves”. I played Track 9, Flying High. On the 840C it sounded great. Fairly holographic and a fun listen. No real negatives noted. Moving on to the BDP 105 it sounded fairly similar to the 840C but the presentation is somewhat better and again with a lack of perceived veiling that was until here unknown to me. I prefer the BDP 105 because it is less veiled (no veil?) and just sounds a little more real but the difference in the two players was not as great as the previous track noted above. But I did prefer the 105 on this track as well.
Finally, I played the track “Pilgrims Progress” by Koinonia, from the album “Celebration”. This is a Jazz album that sounds a bit above average but could not be mistaken for audiophile-quality. At least that was my opinion before today. The music has been a favorite for many years. So when I played it on the 840C I noticed things like decent air and ambience, nice symbol resolving, and fairly holographic sound. But I also noticed that the sparkle factor was a bit lacking. I did notice that the cow bell that is played several times in the track did sound like it should though. Bass is deep but a bit muddy. Overall, this is the way I remembered the disc sounding, great sound and presentation but somewhat lacking overall. -I moved on to the BDP 105 and the bass was well defined but maybe with a little less low bass. This is preferred over the 840Cs presentation though. Instruments like symbols, drums, and guitar sounded much more lifelike and inviting. Overall the presentation is very holographic with big decay, displaying excellent ambience and air and no veil. It provides excellent detail and overall just sounds more real. It also seems like there is less smearing of the soundstage. Overall, just a more convincing presentation by the BDP 105.
Based on my as yet limited observations, it appears that the BDP 105 really provides a holographic presentation (no veiling noted) and gets spacial queues in a more resolved and right way. Even when I’m just casual listening and go down the hall to the kitchen for a drink or snack, I can hear a more real and convincing sound from the Oppo. I find the 105 to work exceptionally well with Redbook CDs and to be quite the universal player. In longer listening sessions I didn’t notice listener fatigue either. It seems that average sounding CDs sound better on the 105 and even the good ones benefit from this player as well, sounding more real and just pulling you farther into the music. You can really see into it with greater depth and so it’s just more fun to listen. Further listening done since I compiled the notes for this review has been consistent; the Oppo is a very resolving and involving Redbook player (not to mention a great Blu-ray player: see my review earlier in this thread). -I’ve still to explore the DAC side of this machine. It has allot to offer and even if it did not offer the DAC functionality to be used doing computer music, etc., I’d still be super happy. This is a two-channel dream for me. One player than can do Redbook and Blu-ray in a truly high end way".
As of today, I'm really liking the Oppo for CD, DVD, and Blu ray. Very resolving and more musical than my last CD player and better picture quality than my last Blu ray player. It's a great one-box solution in my system. Still to explore computer audio via USB.