I'm using an Oppo-95 for music playback. It's still going strong. I'm thinking of replacing it but wondering what to replace it with. I only need 2 channel analog out, those go to my headphone amp, hdmi goes to my anthem. I don't even have video hooked up.
For my set up the only players I'd consider are the Pioneer and the Sony x1000es. Both fit the bill in my system perfectly. I do know the DAC in the Pioneer, and I like the AKM dac in my Oppo 203. No knowledge of the DAC in the Sony X1000es and I've asked in that forum. (I passed on purchasing the 205, even though I was sent an email link to purchase one of the last lots. Instead I bought another 203, that I have in the closet.) The Pioneer is the leading contender among blu ray players.
Other options I'm exploring is just getting a dedicated CD/SACD player. Main contenders are the new Arcam SCD50. It seems to check all the boxes. It had a problem with missing the first couple of seconds of songs on disc playback, but that supposedly was fixed with a firmware update. Others in the running are the Marantz Ruby CD/SACD player (very expensive) or the Marantz CD8006. The 8006 doesn't do SACD, Marantz dropped that. I don't buy SACDs anymore, instead preferring the equivalent high rez download, when available. So going with the 8006, I'd probably send my 40 something SACDs to that ripping service and get the 2 channel DSD file, (I only do 2 channel), or I play them back on my 203 when I listen to one.
Decisions, decisions. Sometimes the more I think about it, the more I'm inclined to just run with the 95 till it craps out, which hopefully won't be for a very long time. It should last a long time, the only time I play a disc is an SACD, everything else being media files (flac). The only thing I don't like about that 95 is it doesn't play back DSD files, and doesn't playback ALAC files, so all my iTunes rips have to be converted to flac via XLD. All the aforementioned options playback DSD from USB, except the Arcam. In my correspondence with parent Harmon I asked them how they can use a ESS9038 chip and not have DSD playback via USB so they tested DSD files from USB and they played fine, but for some reason they haven't updated their literature of yet and there are probably limitations on DSD sample rate.
Supercharged Song Towers, Oppo BDP-203, Anthem MRX-520, LG B6 OLED
Headphone Rig: Oppo BDP-95, Burson Audio Soloist MKII Headphone amp/ Sennheiser HD800S, Sennheiser HD650
Last edited by glangford; 01-29-2019 at 05:35 AM.