Originally Posted by pepar
Somebody, earlier in the thread, that the DACs in the 205 are the newer generation from the 105. I think they also thought the difference would be unnoticeable. I also doubt that anyone could tell the difference in a blind A/B test.
Only the listener can decide whether they can tell the difference or not.
pepar, you know that there is more to how good a player or stand alone DAC sounds than merely the DAC used.
I've owned the following Oppo players, 80, 83, 95, 105, 203 & 205.
Each generation has sounded better to me than the previous one & I have done un-sighted testing.
Both the 203 & the 205 are significant improvements over their respective 10x counterparts in design(fact) and SQ(mo).
Significant means different things to different people. For me it's the details in the mids to upper frequencies that are improved.
I don't count it as significant if I have to do concentrated, repeated listening of music passages to discern the differences.
While I do that, the real improvement has to be in what I call casual\normal listening.
I may be focused on what is playing, I'm really just getting immersed in the music.
I've also tested the Oppos with and without a pre-amp in the chain and preferred it with my preamp.