Simplicity – does your system have it? Do you wish it did? I recall the good old days when my entire playback chain consisted of one box. All I wanted/needed back then was a CD player, and I rambled my way through many of the best available at the time: Sony, Krell, McIntosh, Wadia, Lector, Meridian, Electrocompaniet, Simaudio, Linn, and Esoteric. I routinely gave my vinyl-loving friends a hard time about how many components they needed – table, tonearm, cartridge, stylus, phono stage, etc – and how complex it was to achieve an optimal setup.… Read the full article
Oppo has never been shy when it comes to new audio software. Extensive exposure to their products over the past 7 years brings a quick name drop of multiple codex, early chipset adoption and a myriad of tech that has always pleased and delighted any fan of the spec page. Now the DAC/AMP/Disc-spinner company is adding MQA to the list, being the first to drop the high resolution folding technology into a Blu-Ray player. The Oppo flagship UDP-205 brings the new capabilities (via a firmware update) for use through the player’s “Music” application.… Read the full article
Going ground up, OPPO Digital’s UDP-205 is a D/A converter and a headphone amplifier. Asynchronous (DSD512/PCM768kHz-capable) USB, coaxial and TOSLINK inputs each feed a pair of internalised ESS Labs’ 9038PRO chips to output via balanced XLR, singled-ended RCA on the back panel; or a 6.4mm headphone socket on the front. Multi-channel hi-res content – PCM up to 192kHz, native DSD64 and PCM-converted DSD128 – are also supported.
However, it’s the UDP-205’s optical disc playback capabilities that take it from the ordinary to extra-ordinary: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD and Audio CD.… Read the full article
There truly is no doubting that Oppo’s recent investments and promises had cleaved the HiFi world in twain. Not long ago, they released the HA-1 DAC and Amp combo, which by rights was an incredible machine, as well as something I personally loved to pieces.
Now, Oppo has opted into the 4K disk player market…but Oppo is Oppo. A mere blu-ray/4K UHD disk player just wasn’t enough. Nope. They had to go in and drop in an excellent, modern ES9038 PRO DAC chips in there…along with a slew of other amazing features and extras for sound qualities…on a video player. … Read the full article