You didn't say no financial interest etc yada yada.... that is usually followed by "just a happy customer." What are we to believe???
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Agisthos, thanks for this! I find it amazing and amusing that the initial response of posters here was to snark and snipe.
I'll definitely consider this.
I can suggest another DIY mod, that works amazingly well:
Very easy to install, completely reversible, and a significant audio and video improvement for my Oppo 103.
Geoffkait makes a good point about the overhead associated with modding older Oppos. However, message the guy at HongKong basket. A genuine audiophile who seems to be eager to help and not just make a buck. We emailed a little about our systems.
Also, I ordered the mod kindly brought to our attention by Agisthos. That modder is really nice, too. I only use separate HDMI outs for video and audio, and I asked about the improvement. He claims the HDMI signal will in fact have the largest improvement.
I'll report back about my experience. He's saying 7-10 days shipping to Illinois from South Korea.
I E-mailed HongKong Basket and got a response saying the IEC kit thatÂs made for the Oppo 103's and 105's will also work in an Oppo 83 SE the only difference being the length of the wire leads for the 83 SE is a little shorter. The E-mail response said when ordering to mention the kit is for an 83 SE to prompt them to supply the shorted leads.
With all the tweaking I do with power cords, fuses and Quantum Chips, this mod seems like a no-brainer.
While we are listing tweaks, one that is very good is the Audio Magic Pulse Gen ZX. I got the idea from EVS (Tweak Audio) oppo mods page.
You connect it to your IEC terminals, it uses power to create some sort of ambient field that treats everything within a short distance, and works best in digital players and dac's. (anything with high frequency noise)
Using Dr Lee's LPM and the Pulse Gen ZX together, takes my Cambridge Audio player to a high level of refinement. Without these two tweaks I think this player has a fatiguing and harsh digital type sound.
I finally bit the bullet and got the Furutech IEC replacement with the upgraded Mundorf wire. Simple swap and play. Colors have more pop and there's no more moire effect in some of the Blu Rays that I've noticed before. It was always very minor but now it's gone. I also haven't seen any crush or blocking in the dark areas as well. Again, very minor and not with all Blu Rays but what little there was is now gone.
I keep thinking how could it be but it seems that OPPO, like all makes, builds to a price point and this was a very weak link. I passed on the upgraded power supply with the toroid due to what I've read about complaints on the heat build up. Even the power board supplier offers an upgraded version and mentions it emits less heat than the standard one. If I ever get the OPPO 4K 203 I might try out Clone Audio's power board replacement since FunJoe is very reputable with his Clones line of products and offers it as an accessory (I guess to help make ends meet).
On another note, the upgraded IEC piece seems to be the same for the OPPO 203 should I go that route. But for now, I can't wait for Black Friday to see how it all looks on the LG OLED I'll be getting.
By the way, a great test Blu Ray is John Wick 2.
All the best,