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It is always nice to have more, especially the streaming capability.....but the reference to the Sony 5400 is rather silly. It is a nice machine and the best stock Sony SACD player so far. But it is hardly any kind of breakthrough product. The white paper is filled with lots of BS....And I mean BS. The DACs mentioned as some kind of super duper proprietary thing are nothing but a single stereo Burr-Brown DAC (not even two in dual mono). Totally BS. And the cute mistake on the last page saying it has 12 of these DACs.....this was taken right out of the old XA9000 and XA777 brochures. The guy that wrote this has no idea what he is saying.
You have no idea how far the Oppo with the Cirrus 4398 DAC can be taken. With the whole player modded, including main power supply, super low jitter clock, transport mods, power supplies and output stage, it is truly world class. If the 32 bit Sabre DAC is sonically better, then it will be that much better. But if someone thinks that a stock cheap implementation of a great DAC chip in a non tweaked out machine can give you great sound.....well, that is a delusion. It takes great tweaking to make something sound really good and that is what us tweak heads do.....and I have been doing it since 1978. We already have balanced outs available on the 83 and I am sure we will make them available on the new SE. Stay tuned....this might be real good!