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Today a chap from work brought over Cambridge Audio dac and some v-link device connecting his laptop to my system. He mentioned something about massive sample rate music files (5k?) on his laptop and it all sounded very nice. Steely Dan came up and I mentioned a Collection set I own which is poorly recorded, and put the same track that he was playing (Hey Nineteen?), on in my DVD/External DAC, to demonstrate the quality drop. Yep noticeable drop. Then he said "chuck the disc in the Cambridge Audio" which I did, and wow that's better. So after many comparison to other dacs where my weird combination of $70 dvd with $1000 Rakk dac + homemade buffer, was clearly bettered.
Over recent times I have been considering upgrading from my $70 dvd to Blueray capability. I remember lots of threads about OPPO and thought maybe that is what I need. Anyway, I mentioned what I was needing and immed he said "OPPO", so that was a coincidence. He has had 4 of them and given them to friends etc. He says they sound almost as good as the Cambridge Audio, and never had a problem with any of them and they are $699 at Len Wallets. Not a bad price.
Problem, I am taking a lot of hearsay from this workmate whose audio credentials are somewhat unknown to me, except coincidentally we were both roadies for Midnight Oil a few decades ago. So I thought I'd put it to this group whose opinions are respected. Does anyone know the OPPO BDP-103AU or other model ? what do you think ? Is there some other Blueray player with better bang for the buck ???