I have a Bryston BDA-3 DAC and I output the DSD layer from SACD from my Oppo 105 via HDMI into the Bryston. I love the Bryston and now use it as my sole DAC.
I would keep the Oppo, get the Bryston, and see what you can get in trade for the Vega
"Should I be looking to upgrade my Music CD player from the Oppo?" No. If your primary consideration is "I want to have the best sounding music from my system, so quality comes before any other consideration"
then consider consider replacing the CD player with a quality server and network player. Given you own a Vega dac, the Aries would be a good candidate. A QNAP or Synology server are both quality options. There are many considerations such as using ethernet cables and linear power supplies, and the difference between mediocre and very good digital lies in those details.
There are many threads of others in similar situations. Spend some time reading the archives to get a sense of their experiences doing similar.
Many will say to upgrade the dac, but that is always an option and everyday they do get better in general.
@elizabeth You are right about one thing. You are cranky today ;-) Cheers,
Thanks for all the suggestions. I already have the Auralic Aries G2 as a streamer and the Leo GX clock to go with the Vega G2 DAC. So I am comfortable I have a very good digital source and DAC combo. I question was mainly about playing CDs. No matter how much other media catches up I find myself spending at least some time with CDs and hence the current quandary.
cd318 - Have you actually heard the Oppo BDP-95 and the McIntosh options to say there is no difference?
mahler123 - I am not intending to change my DAC as it works very well along with the Master Clock. So the CD player is the only one (if at all) that I might consider changing
elizabeth - That's what is the easiest option and my mind is drifting towards that.
dave_b - yes that's what's putting me under pressure to ensure I get the best out of my MC1.25s and 800D3s
sbank - I would like only currently look at my CD player as my streaming set-up is quite nice now.