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In Reply to: RE: Is it worth to get a Modded OPPO 93 or 95 for audio playback? posted by andy2667 on March 09, 2012 at 20:59:56
According to What Hi-Fi ? the best buy is the Denon 2012UD. For stereo only playback better than the Oppo 93 is the 95. I would not waste money on modding any of these players.
Well thankyou: we now know your view on modding for the one hundred and fifteenth time. Were you abused by the local (take your pick) priest and this is (one) of the ways you externalise it?
Martin was one of the hard core early adopters of Bob Stuart's MLP, aka DVD~Audio.
He fought valiantly on the front lines here during the Great DVD~Audio/SACD war of 1999-2002, but all was for naught.
Your conclusion isn't far off the mark.
He's in denial, probably something to do with finally having to accept SACD's victory and inherent quality along with DVD~Audio's demise, but even though he must have HiRez--and that HiRez is now SACD and not DVD~Audio, he can't bring himself to mod his player, thereby making it even better, lest he admit deep down that the sound is simply stellar.
I think that people who are into self-multilation, have the same illness.
Maybe there could be a computer generated response: every time the words 'upgrade' or 'modding' occur, an auto response from Disbeliever states "You'd Be Wasting Your Money".
It's instructive to cast one's mind back to how caustic that battle was here. Just awfully divisive.
And now some of the great DVD-As I wanted ("Hotel California" for example), but could not buy because I was a staunch SACD soldier, are now available on SACD. Must try that one.
We know that. Others disagree.
For example, two AudiogoN posts:
I have both the Sony 5400ES and the Oppo 95. I modified them using Dan Wright of Modrights tube mods. I also had the Playback Designs cd player that retails for 15,000.00. The Sony and Oppo both sound way better than the Playback. Overall I prefer the Oppo 95.
EVS/ Ric Schultz does a blu- ray modification to the OPPO 95 that's downright addictive and frankly unbelievable until heard. So musical and sweet, extended yet articulate. The digital sound has come a long way, a really long way. I have a beautiful analog set up about 5K and Ric's modified Oppo 95 challenges my TT in many ways and it's definitely got soul and then some. It's magical to my ears.
I have no interest in antique tubes.. It seems to me that you have not heard any player connected by HDMI for mch SACD. How much did your mods cost I suspect more than the Sony & Oppo players.
I have never owned an Oppo.
I have a Sony XA777ES that was modified by Ric Schultz (EVS), who lives quite close to me. The mods were $1500, and at the time the $3000 (MRRP) was readily available at much less - I paid $1900 delivered from Oayde Brothers. So your guess is wrong.
I've had a Sony 5400 (same as you) for about 2.5 years. The XA777ES was moved into the bedroom system. It has not been modified yet.
"you have not heard any player connected by HDMI for mch SACD"
Not that I recall. I'm not particularly interested in multichannel sound, and don't have a preamp that supports HDMI.
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