Originally Posted by wse
So you disagree with Classé, have you tried the analogue using the Oppo BDP-95 you might be surprised.
What you suggest you have twice the D/A conversion once in the Oppo and once in the Classé.
I would rather have it only once
I'm a new owner of a Oppo BDP-95. I also have a BDP-93 and a BDP-83 (not SE). Although my 95 is not fully broken-in yet (if such thing exists for sources), its performance is already better than the 93 IMHO under the same conditions. I cannot explain why since I was expecting both my 95 and 93 to sound identical when connected using HDMI or coax to my SSP-800 but bizarrely, although very similar in term of presentation the background is darker with the 95. Might be due to the improved power supply in the 95 but how can we be sure?
When using the XLR analog outputs of the 95 and comparing the result to the 93 using coax, again the 95 wins. Not by a big margin but control, depth (3D presentation) and bass (tighter) are better. Moreover, the test still involves some BM in the SSP as my stereo settings are 2.1 (cannot go without my JL audio sub
That means, to my ears, this config: (Oppo 95) D/A -> XLR out -> (SSP-800) A/D -> BM -> D/A sounds better than
(Oppo 93) HDMI or coax -> (SSP-800) BM -> D/A
I cannot explain why the sound is better through the longest data path but just to confirm what are intrinsically subjective impressions I did the same test alternating between analog and digital outputs on the 95 only and I still prefer analog even with the extra A/D conversion.
Don't get me wrong, the DACs and analog stage of the SSP-800 are quite good and I really like how it sounds but I've read a few comments about the fact the Oppo was a "reference" player and wanted to verify by myself. The performance of the player is very impressive given its price. I thought that when purchasing my SSP I would be using the digital route entirely going forward and that a good transport would suffice (using one cable for all applications is so convenient). I really like my SSP and could live with all my components using HDMI but this little test has raised some doubts in my mind... it's probably audiophile madness but if a 1K$ player can do that, what would be the improvement when using a dSC or Ayre player? I don't like thinking about that since that means more money to spend normally
I still have to do some comparisons between HMDI and 7.1 analog and I'm sure that would be interesting. I'll keep you posted.