I have compared my AN 3.1 balanced to my Oppo BDP105D modded by EVS. The mods made a huge improvement over the stock unit but, in the end, the AN just had a more real, “being there” sound, at least to me. I would listen to the AN if possible.
I heard the AN 5 $50k! with AN speakers and top of the line Atmo Sphere amp and pre at an audio show which blew my mind. It was just right for the smallish hotel rooms that are typically used by most presenter and this was awesome. I found a 3.1 balanced and will not
be selling it, maybe ever.