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In Reply to: RE: Oppo 205 - Any one purchased this player? posted by Mel on May 08, 2017 at 07:49:28
The Ayre K-5xeMP has only two balanced inputs, so the Oppos used unbalanced inputs with a cable length of about 18 inches. My impression was that the 205 has a greater sense of transparency with less edginess. For example, the snare drum in "Take Five" is well rendered by the 205 but without the etch I hear with the 105. The Blu-ray "Legends of Jazz" really revealed the audio superiority of the 205 over the 105. The sound moved from disappointing with the 105 to excellent with the 205. But that disappointing 105 sound is compared to a 105D via HDMI to a Bryston SP3 passed through a Parasound JC 2 BP to JC 1 monoblocks driving KEF Reference 107/2s. I suspect the SP3 DAC is superior to that of the 105, but at an MSRP of $10K it damn well ought to be!
A gross generalization might be that the 205 sounds more musical and less HiFi than the 105.
I sure hope that the Ayre beats (no pun) the Oppo.
Your hope is realized.
What brand(s) of cabling are you using in your system?
fanta, if your post was addressed to me, the interconnects are Blue Jeans best; the speaker leads are Cardas Light Day. The connection from the Ayre C-5xeMP to the K-5xeMP preamp is balanced as is the connection from the preamp to the VX-5 Twenty amp. A Sony HAP-Z1ES uses the other balanced input to the preamp, so the connection from the Oppo 205 is single-ended. I hope to find a used KX-5 Twenty preamp that has more balanced inputs. For some reason, the 205 sound with Blu-rays is better than with SACDs.
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