Regarding your #2, how would you be connecting the Seagate to the Oppo?
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You need a monitor to view the files. The Oppo is a nice unit but if you only want it for 2 channel with no tv, then consider something else...
If you need SACD also, you might end up with 2 players or a computer & DAC and an SACD player. At least older Denons are really cheap but are great SACD players
Yes the Oppo 105 is a great universal player I highly recommend this player,ESS sabre dac's and XLR outs....sweeeet.When using the XLR output it has a more direct path from the sabre dac's , it sounds warm and a bit analog rather than artificial and amped up. It has gobs of different ways to connect and YES you can access your different folders on the HD. Also, Marantz makes a universal as well that might be worth a look. For the $$ this Oppo 105 is a real bang for the buck! When you consider how much you would spend for a like McIntosh or Esoteric product.Its a great time to be an audiophile :-)
I have an Oppo 105 and an Ayon CD-2. I bought the 105 with the intent to sell both my Ayon and my Headroom The Max headphone amplifier. That is not going to happen. The Ayon is a much better CD player and the Headroom is a far superior headphone amp. With my Hifi Man HE5 headphones, even at full volume on the 105 runs out of steam. As a video player, the 105 is fantastic.
Hgeifman: Given you connect the Seagate as an external hard drive to the 105's USB port, then the answer to #2 is yes -- but as Elevick pointed out "you need a monitor to view the files." With a monitor or a TV connected to the 105's HDMI out, when you press Home on the Oppo's remote, a menu of choices appears among which is one labeled "Music." When you select Music, the Seagate will be listed and when you select it you will see the same folder and file structure that you see when the Seagate is connected to a computer. At least that's the way it works on the Oppo 95, and I can't imagine that this aspect would be any different on the 105. I hope this helps. (Note: Flexibility in controlling playback of digital audio files through an Oppo is much more robust when accessing those files through a home network as opposed to through the Oppo's USB port.)
I've always been very pleased with the sound quality of the Oppo 95. Even though my speakers (B&W 804 Diamond 2) and my amplification (Musical Fidelity M6PRE/M6PRX) have higher price tags, I've never felt the need to climb the CD player ladder beyond Oppo. I have no personal experience with the 105, but others report its sound to be as good or even a little bit better than the 95 after a substantial break-in period which is usually described as around 300 hrs. It's not that the Oppo's are the best there is in sound quality. It's more that they seem to give the most bang for the buck. Oppo customer service (which on a scale of 1 to 10 is a 10) is another selling point not to be overlooked.