Yes, I heard it against my Meridian 808 and was very impressed.
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I have heard both the Exemplar/Oppo 93 and 95. I find both great, but the 95 is clearly superior. Were I to have a player, I would certainly buy the 95. Presently, I have no capability to play my SACDs, but I find a music server very convenient and with better sound than even the 93, but I have not tried the 95 against it.
Both the 93 and 95 are great players.
The 93 has that "see through" sound that John Tucker is noted for. A very musical presentation with lots of detail. I'd put it up against virtually any player, it's a strong performer.
But as good as the 93 is, the 95 is better. Better base, and a realism in the midrange that is incredible. But that in no way diminishes the 93.
I have both the BDP-83 SE Oppo based Exemplar, further modded, and the Denon 2900 based Exemplar. I love them both and as much as I have tried, I can't really pick a favorite between them, though they do soundstage differently. In my system, the BDP-83 based Exemplar, further modded with EMF cloth and a hi Fi tuning fuse, has a deeper and more recessed soundstage. In my system, the Denon 2900 based Exemplar, siltech wired, is ALL soundstage, it's much more forward.
Theduker, I had the Exemplar/Denon 2900 as well as the 3910 and 5910. My favorite was the final version of the 3910. I don't recall ever thinking that any of these were too forward, but I don't like EMF cloth as it closes down the sound.
I would strong recommend that you get a listen to the new Exemplar/Oppo 105 with the FineMet beads. You haven't heard digital until then.