Well after stating earlier in this thread that I wasn't going to buy a 205 after having one in my cart at crutchfield and deleting it I went ahead and signed up a few weeks back for the 205 and signed up again for the 203 when the last batch ran out a few days ago. Well today I got a notice that the 203 was available. I wrote Oppo and asked how long I had to make a decision on buying another 203 vs taking a chance on the 205. They told me that at the current burn rate they had enough 203s for about 1/2 a week and then that would be it, no more, nada. He also said there was no guarantee I'd get a 205 as they had more sign up than availability in production. I figured I was probably safe as I signed up for the 205 fairly early, but regardless you know the old saying; 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush', so I purchased a backup 203 just now. I currently have a 203 and 95 in my rack. the 95 is hooked up to a Burson Audio headphone amp, and the 203 of course gets video, but since the Burson also has two inputs, the 203 is hooked via analog to the headphone amp as well. I've done critical listening test via analog of the 203 and 95 with my headphone rig and to be honest I concur with Audioholics assessment of the difference between the 203 and 205, it's hard to tell a difference. That was another factor in just purchasing the 203, it' is a very good player in its own right, even for analog.
I will keep the 95 in the rack and use it for music still. I'll put the new 203 in place of my existing 203. The logic behind that is I know nothing is wrong with my existing 203. If you are buying a backup, put the backup in and put your existing in backup. I deal with reliability in my business, and consumer electronics (or non consumer for that matter) has a higher early failure rate (called infant mortality), so you want to make sure to wring the new player out past infant mortality (200 hours should be good). Then you'll know both your players are in good shape for the long haul. After infant mortality failure rates bottom out until they slowly start to climb due to age and use related failures (can't make grandpa immortal!).
Anyway, good luck for all waiting on a 205, I'm sure it's an awesome player. But if you've settled for a 203, I wouldn't be disappointed, it's a darn good player as well.
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; 05-24-2018 at 05:42 PM.