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Oppo BDP-105D Blu-ray player
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Internally, the BDP-105D reveals its complexity. A screened toroidal mains transformer (bottom left) provides power and the disc transport mechanism sits at centre. The ESS Sabre32 chip is a small square block nestling at centre of the right hand circuit board.


Able to play Netflix and Vudu, this player is also internet savvy. It has an RJ45 network socket and auto-detects new firmware versions. I updated to latest version 10XEU-75-0515 before testing or using the player. It sees UPnP media servers and saw EyeConnect on my Mac (OS: Mavericks) and Windows Media player on my PC (OS: Windows 7), although seeing the Mac took some prompting at times. It sees the iTunes library, which means no FLAC, only WAV and iTunes formats, but that does mean high-res lossless too.
    And it will read files from a memory stick, music, video or picture files, from one front panel socket for short term sneakernet use, or two rear sockets for long term storage. Unusually, the User Manual doesn’t say what formats are recognised “support for content is on a best efforts basis”. Eh? The User manual is available on-line and you can find this in p43. More later.
    After measurement I used the Oppo at home, and also in our office listening room, in two quite different systems. At home I ran it through a Marantz SR802 receiver driving a six channel system, with two Martin Logan Electromotion electrostatics up front, two Surround speakers and two Backs. Alternatively, with volume control active it ran a WAD 300B valve power amplifier running the Electromotions in a stereo system. At work the Oppo’s volume control was also used, allowing it to connect direct to a pair of Quad II-eighty power amplifiers driving Tannoy Kensington Gold Reference loudspeakers;  Quad QMP1 monoblock power amplifiers run  through balanced cables was an interesting alternative, but I did not try it, because there was too much else to run through.
    I mention all this partly to illustrate that with on-board volume control (built into the Sabre32 chip) and XLR outputs swinging a full 4V (as well as phonos swinging a conventional 2V) the Oppo can drive any power amplifier in a stereo system, so can be used as a high quality stereo source, as well as an equally able Blu-ray player, or just a high quality CD player. It mixes down multichannel to stereo of course.



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