Originally Posted by glangford
I'd be interested in hearing your impressions.
My impression, after listening to all or part of a couple of dozen CDs and SACDs that I am quite familiar with, is that the SA-10 is unquestionably better-sounding than either the OPPO BDP-105, which had been my preferred player in the past, or the Marantz UD7007, which is also quite good.
Fine details in the music that are not clearly discernible with the OPPO or 7007 become very clear and fully audible with the SA-10. It takes listening pleasure to a distinctly higher level.
It is clear to me that the SA-10 has a consistently higher level of resolution than the other players, and makes the music more realistic and enjoyable to a very significant degree.
My wife made the comment that the sound of massed strings on certain classical CDs had always grated on her nerves, and that for the first time the SA-10 made them sound much more realistic and pleasant to listen to, to her. She finds that some CDs that were not entirely pleasant for her to listen to before are now much nicer-sounding.
I noticed that many classical solo piano recordings assumed a degree of clarity and the ability to hear every note perfectly that I had never heard before on any player.
One interesting comment I read on another website from an SA-10 owner was that his SA-10 was perhaps not quite as good as his REGA Isis player for CDs. That player costs $9000, however, and does not play SACDs; CD only.
I am in love with the SA-10, and so is my wife; big smiles.
The price is a bit steep, but I am glad I bought it. It is a very significant improvement to our listening pleasure.
In terms of price vs performance, however, the OPPO is still a great value at $1200 or so (I assume that the new OPPO 205 will continue to offer sound quality at least as good as the 105).
There is a big difference in sound quality once you have heard both, but I think most people will still find the OPPO quite good for its price.