Hgeifman, very nice of you to take the time to post these notes. Thanks!
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Hgeifman. I just received my 105 about a month ago .I am running hdmi to my processor for movies and music when I want to have subs intergrated , or want to listen to multi channel .
Running xlr cables to a cary v12r tube amp for 2 channel listning .
I just switch my speaker cables with bannana plugs accordingly .
Yeasterday created a Pandora account with the 105 . I am enjoying the amount of access to music this brings but would like to have better quality . Are the other music channels better in quality compared to Pandora or do they just give you more access in a different way?
Lambeau: I agree that Pandora offers many music selections. It builds a station based on your original selection. I like Pandora very much. MOG is similar but it allows you to pick an artist, like David Grisman, and choose from similar music or a choice of listening to only his albums (all his albums are displayed and you pick). This option gives you many more listening choices. MOG also offers a higher quality bitstream since it utilizes high quality (320 kbps CBR) MP3 files for the audio streams. TuneIn is also similar but it includes specific FM stations that you can receive on the Internet. TuneIn also allows you to select additional stations like Radio Swizz Jazz and Linn Classical. TuneIn audio quality is similar to Pandora.
Unfortunately, the Oppo 105 only provides Pandora and Rhapsody (I have not used Rhapsody). I wanted additional music stations so I selected the ROKU 3 to connect to my Oppo 105.
While I feel the ROKU 3 is excellent, I am finding it limiting in certain areas. Some of the stations I want offer higher bit streaming capabilities that the ROKU does not support. This includes Calm Radio and Radio Paradise. The ROKU also does not support specific stations, like WFMT in Chicago.
I am still doing research but it looks like my Oppo 105 and ROKU 3 will be moved to my video only system. This change will provide me many more options for movie selection using the high quality Oppo 105. In an attempt to give me the control of my music selections, I am looking at the MACBOOK Pro and the Ayre QB-9 DAC for my audio only system.
If your goal is to increase the number of quality stations for listening, I suggest you consider adding a computer to your audio system and run the USB connection through your OPPO 105. The MACBook Pro, for example, will provide all the music sources you want and the Oppo high quality SABRA DAC will provide good sounding music for you to listen to. The MAC Mini is also something to look at.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions.
Thanks Hgeifman, I am slowly building my system and loving the results. The oppo 105 was an easy choice for an all in one unit . I am trying 7 channel this weekend since I have what is needed to set this up on a trial basis .
What I don't feel comfortable about is going the computer route . So many ways to go with no clear path . I know I will use the 105 sabre dac but that is where my comfort level ends .
I am on these boards to enlighten myself and find my solutions . Thats how I found your post about the roku .