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well Charles...

Oppo actually claims that the xlr output sounds better, no matter what customer service says:

"The stereo output section offers both XLR balanced and RCA single-ended connectors. By transmitting a pair of differential signals, the balanced output provides better common-mode noise rejection and improves signal quality."

Actually their claims across their audiophile players - BDP-95, BDP-105 and now UDP-205 - remain consistent:

1. The dedicated L,R RCA outputs sound better than the L,R front 5.1
2. The xlr outputs sound better than the dedicated L,R stereo outputs.

Personally I can't attest to having an opinion even with the BDP-95 because I use the xlr outs to defeat bass management in the player without having to dive into the menu. The one thing I'm sure of is that any given stereo or mono disc will sound better in 2.1 (or 1.1) with BM or through the xlr outputs.


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