Yes, I think an Oppo 105 or 105D would match that description.
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In short: what is your primary intended use? Audio or multi-channel bluray et al?
In detail: One size does not fit all.
The OPPO and the CAMBRIDGE share many of the same build components. (Google the commentary) i had the CAMBRIDGE and my buddy still has the OPPO.... I sold the CAMBRIDGE and moved up to the ARCAM FMJ. The ARCAM bested the CAMBRIDGE but the rest of the comments flowing still stand.
We both use the CAMBRIDGE/ ARCAM/ OPPO for multi-channel movies and the like. In either case we also have high-end standalone cdps for serious 2-channe audio performance.
As good as the multichannel players can be in their specified element , they do not measure up to our audiophile grade 2-channel spinners... The differences are not subtle, full stop. Not even close.
Budgets matter BIG-TIME of course, but there is no escaping the not-subtle compromises that a multi-channel unit a la CAMBRIDGE or OPPO invoke in a bake-off against audiophile-grade high-end 2-channel gear. The multi-channel kit just don't have the same components and build quality and resulting superior audio performance in 2- channel.
Those inescapable compromises may dictate which way you lean .... Multi-channel vs 2-channel as your primary arena to play in.
I find my MVP881BR does a terrific job. Musical, natural, built like a tank. The DVD up sampling is excellent, too. Since they were recently discontinued, they are dropping quite a bit in price. A far better deck than Oppo, IMO.
As always, there are compromises with anything. You pays your monies and takes your chances. Good luck & happy listening!
I would like to add Pioneer BDP-88FD to the list. While you can't beat best value offerings from Oppo and Cambridge Audio, Pioneer produced great sounding and well built reference players over the years.
whatjd, if I may suggest, you might as well wait a while for upcoming offerings from Oppo or Cambridge that will also play 4K UHD's along with regular blu rays.
Recall the title of this thread. Which of the high-end spinners is a Blu-ray player? I use an Ayre C-5xeMP for stereo, but it can't play Blu-ray discs; I use an Oppo 105D for that...."
I agree totally with you ..... No quarrel here that any the suggested 2-channel high-end units is a Blu-Ray multi-channel player .
I also totally agree that the OPPO, CAMBRIDGE and ARCAM sit in the top-tier strata of the usual HT multi-channel players.
Thus like reasons, that is why we can have discreet stand-alone units .... One for HT/multi-channel and another separate unit for critical 2-channel to max out audio performance in their RESPECTIVE arenas.
The second part of the OP original post is asking whether any these multi-channel Bluray units actually offer "audiophile grade sound".
IMO that depends on how one defines "audiophile grade sound" .
The OPPO/CAMBRIDGE/ARCAM FMJ brand offerings are arguably best of breed common choices in the usual HT audio and video reproduction arena that are filled with many contenders and pretenders ..
I just don't see any of them as "audiophile grade" audio performers. For me, that comparative yardstick rests with the best-available audio performance available arena .... IMO ... 2-channel. A multi-channel Bluray spinner ( just pick any of 'em) audio performance capabilities --whether in multi-channel or two-channel mode-- simply fails to match the audio performance capabilities available in quality build two-channel audio gear.
Ergo, the best solution option for many of us in lockstep is the introduction of two different discrete kits for the different arenas .., a best of breed in multichannel that is entirely separate from best of breed in 2 -channel.
Just a reminder...the poster asked for a player that does SACD, Blu-Ray and offers "audiophile quality sound." The Oppo does that (as does the Cambridge). While "audiophile quality sound" is subjective, adding multi-channel or 4K questions to this thread may only confuse the poster. Just buy the Oppo! If you are looking for reference quality, SOTA sound-then start another thread.
The Oppos are a little sterile sounding IMO.
Sony invented Both SACD and Blu-Ray, and their top Blu-Ray players give "audiophile quality sound" IMO.
Only the top current Sony Blu-Ray player plays SACDs, and is their last SACD player.
Sony no longer makes SACD/CD players. The last one (the 5400) is a classic and one of the best IMO.
The Sony Blu-Ray players don't play DVD-Audio (not much of a loss). I know their early flagship Blu-Ray (S-1) players didn't even play CDs. If it's true that their current top of the line Blu-Ray player "is their last SACD player", it doesn't sound like Sony has much commitment to the format. I have a Sony SCD-777Es and I like Sony but having owned the Oppo 105D for about a year, I don't think you will find any brand that will offer the value of the Oppo. If you buy it, I guarantee you will never return it!
Yes there is, the one and only- Marantz UD-9004 with Tube Research Labs (RIP Paul Weitzel) power supply mods. Believe this was an $6k player in the day- massive unit, superb built quality, sonics and video. I run mine to a 14' Stewart screen with Runco 3-chip DLP VX-22i projector, with pcX modded BAT VK-150 SE monoblocks- superb 1080p video and audio, perhaps just shy of the best SACD players, but close enough- a spectacular player, if you can find one...
I have done the same search a couple years ago, and i finally settled for a $250 yamaha bd s677. Pleasntly surprised how smooth and musical it is straight into the integrated with its analog out (canare lv61s). Sound quality goes way beyond my msb link iii dac. Especially awsome with dsd formats and 96/24 on disk or thumb drive. For the money, HIGHLY recommended!
For high-end considerations, I'd say the 103/105 Oppo's don't really make the audiophile grade...a bit colorless, not particularly organic sounding and not all that much resolution or clarity. But, modified by a respectable firm, however - that can be a very different ballgame. I've had a 103 by EVS for a few years and the difference before and after the mod was plain as day...a different animal, I'd say. I'm never parting with it, even though an EVS 105D would be even better...and worth IMO the $2k+ price if you can afford it, I'm sure, but the modded 103 is all I will ever need. There are also other companies who've been singled out for providing worthwhile Oppo mods.
I believe the modwright mods are aimed primarily at the analog section of the 105 so in essence if you were going to use the SP3 anyway, it would be a waste to mod the 105. What you would have to see is whether you preferred the analog section of the SP3 to the modded 105 and choose between the two.
The 3 players are Redbook CD players. Realised you are after SACD. Was using an example that you can easily better the Cambridge and Oppo on Redbook so should do the same with an SACD player.
The 3 CD players are:
Unison Research CDE with optional Dac.
They are a massive step up in sound quality in redbook over the BD-752 & 105.