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    Oppo 203, DAC - Transport

    I recently sold my PS Audio Directstream with Bridge and the PS Audio Memory Transport faster than I thought as I’m in the middle of an upgrade project, more later on that...

    A recent listening session showed me that the HT speakers were having a negative influence in my sound.

    So between that and my other plans I simplified my home theater by pulling the A/V and the 6 speakers plus the JL Sub F112 V2 that I’ll be listing and right now have the Oppo 203 serving as my DAC and Transport, a $500 component on a crazy cost system.

    If I used the Oppo more than a dozen times one could easily say I was stretching the truth, I am extremely impressed.

    I have Apple TV going into the Oppo HDMI in, and use the FL/FR RCA outputs with XLR adapters into my preamp since there is no RCA on my preamp. Since my primary server with no DAC is down, I connected Roon/Tidal from my secondary unit residing on a Mac Mini located in my mechanical room.

    The RCA cables are mid-level Audioquest culled from the home theater, Power is Ansuz A2, Ethernet and Grounding are from Nordost.

    Color me impressed, with more direct connections, simplified video watching that includes better sound and seems to be better screen resolution.

    Previously, I never wanted my AV to have pass through control on my 2 channel, so I kept systems separate. Cutting out the A/V and using Oppo as the DAC and Transport is of no concern and the amazing sound from the 2 Channel, makes no need for a center, rears or sub, this setup will be included going forward, I only wish I scored the 205 when they were available.

    I’m estimating the Oppo sound quality is 65%-70% compared to a PS 2 box system, mind you the gap narrows IMO with Oppo being cabled up with the power, ethernet and grounding being high end cables, floating on Stillpoints Ultra SS and going into high end gear, but still...

    While this is fun in a way to make do, the 30%-35% PS contributed more to overall quality was IMO worth the $$$.

    Anyway, point being is to share the story and highlight the Oppo 203.


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    Re: Oppo 203, DAC - Transport

    I agree the Oppo 203 is quite decent for the money. I have mine in a spare system that's my 4K system. I probably only use that system a few times a year for music. I had a Windows 10 music server in there (along with a Teac UD-501) that was old and bit the dust recently. For now I've moved that DAC to a different system (that also rarely gets used - have the DAC going thru an iFi tube buffer for now as well). I could at some point move things around again. I use one of my two Oppo 103Ds in my master bedroom system. That system feeds the outdoor speakers and I can use the 103D (via he Oppo App) to select music from my NAS.
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    Re: Oppo 203, DAC - Transport

    I have a modest home theater with a 203. I am very happy with the video resolution on my 65" 4k setup. I have no experience with it in the big two channel system.

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    Re: Oppo 203, DAC - Transport

    I have had the Oppo 83, 93, 103, and now the 203. They are the best for video. For music you need the 205 since that was designed to be a CD music player. Video wise it is the same as the 203.
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    I very much appreciate my 105... although I honestly I rarely spin a disk in it any more. However I will never get rid of it. It does do a very nice job as a good CD/SACD player, but more importantly it has a very special use that makes it 100% irreplaceable for me.
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    Re: Oppo 203, DAC - Transport

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    I very much appreciate my 105... although I honestly I rarely spin a disk in it any more. However I will never get rid of it. It does do a very nice job as a good CD/SACD player, but more importantly it has a very special use that makes it 100% irreplaceable for me.
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    It is so much easier (and better) playing from the music server then spinning disks.
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    Re: Oppo 203, DAC - Transport

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    I have had the Oppo 83, 93, 103, and now the 203. They are the best for video. For music you need the 205 since that was designed to be a CD music player. Video wise it is the same as the 203.
    For best video (picture quality) I'm not so sure, not with the new Panasonic UB820 and UB9000 4K Blu-ray players. Check the reviews by owners who compared them with the Oppo 203.
    With their HDR Optimizer feature they adapt to your display, tone mapping included. ...And for both 4K TVs and 4K front projectors. $499 and $999 respectively.

    There is also a new Pioneer Elite 4K Universal Blu-ray player, the LX500 ... $999

    For Audio, yes the Oppo 205 (not anymore available). But for Video, Panasonic is the new King.
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    Re: Oppo 203, DAC - Transport

    I've got a 83, 93, 95, 105 and I have a 203 . I did have a 205 but since I wanted to use the 203 or 205 for Video well after talking to OPPO, the video section of these players are the same. The 205 is a nice audio player but I chose to just use my Lumin and Marantz or my Bryston or the 105 for audio if I wanted to spin a CD. . The 203 is great for 4K and sounds pretty decent as well for the money.
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