Which Oppo model?
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I showed with the Oppo 970HD at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and again at T.H.E. Show last week. Here's a link to some images from T.H.E. Show, where you can barely see the Oppo underneath a preamp in one room and underneath a dac (alongside a tube power amp) in another:
Obviously I think pretty highly of the Oppo, which I don't sell.
01-16-07: AudiokinesisI saw those photos, and thought it was very cool that you were using an Oppo with a Paradisea DAC. I owned a Paradisea, and I thought it was an excellent DAC.
I have the 970HD and think it is a truly great player, for the money. Check out the threads here and AVS. I think there is a consensus that until all the formats are better agreed upon, this is the player to have while waiting. There are better stand-alone CDPs, but only if you spend more money. I have been using a Jolida 100A ($950), Classe' .3(sold) and Njoe Tjoeb 4000 with upsampler ($1495) which are all better, but more money. Occasionally I will listen to the 970 with Redbook CD and the sound is somewhat compressed, but it really shines with DVD-A and SACD.
Has anyone listened to the new Oppo DV-981?
I want to take advantage of my 1080P HDTV and was thinking the Oppo would be a good substitute.
Like most, I'm sitting on the sidelines waiting until the dust settles between Blu Ray and HD DVD before I commit.