Originally Posted by steverobertsbbc
At least swap the cables between the HDMI outputs of your players to confirm that the perceived quality improvement follows the player and not the input/cable.
And it's 31 years. :P
And I truly respect that.
You can of course question my perception, my level of intelligence, my scientific background but I would argue that, if my perception is selective, it is very randomly selective. I could not tell the difference between Naim's 6000£ power supply for the NDS and Teddy Pardo's 1000£ equivalent. I could not tell the difference between a 750£ ethernet cable (Audioquest) and a 5£ Duronic cable from Amazon and I was testing it on 10K worth of streaming. Acoustic Revive's expensive Schumann resonator didn't do anything for me. I could go on and on and on.
I also have to warn you that, as a medical professional, I know all about bias, placebo and the double blind test is my bread and butter. I have some psychology training because it is part of what I do every day.
But I tested the two Oppo's repeatedly, in several scenarios, with different lengths of cable (therefore different cables), on different TV outputs, with and without my NAD preamp. And I could always tell the difference.
So just like you believe in your ones and zeros, I see dead people (The Sixth Sense for those of you who don't know what I am talking about) and I can't unsee them, if you know what I mean. I am sure that from a technical, scientific point of view, you are absolutely right and there shouldn't be any dead people but I can see them
I have now sold the 205 and I have modded my 203 with a digital card, a linear power supply, the multi region kit etc so no further tests are possible and even if I would still have a 205 there would be additional variables to consider due to the above mods.
Feel free to ignore my experience but please don't tell me that I am holding it wrong.