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post #1 of 17 Old 01-19-11, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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Your opinions would be most appreciated

Good morning.

Want to start off by saying a "BIG THANK YOU" to you all for providing me with countless hours of entertainment whilst reading these forums.

So if I may seek your opinion on the following:
I presently am going through "updateitis" in the worst way and was wondering what opinions other members have as far as spending a thousand dollars on a new amp (considering the Emotiva XPA-5), or the soon to be released Oppo 95.

Nothing particularly wrong with what I am using currently (Yamaha 3800 / Samsung Blu-Ray player/
Yamaha SV657 SACD player), just well you know how it is, just gotta scratch that itch sometimes

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-19-11, 06:16 AM
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Re: Your opinions would be most appreciated

Those are both fine products. The 95 may finally get me into BD (although I swore I'd never jump in after the format war). Depending on your speakers and room, you may get some more oomph out of upgrading the amp, since you have a BD player already.

I used to have upgradeitis, and I still do. Sadly it's kitchen and bath upgradeitis and not home theater upgrades now

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post #3 of 17 Old 01-19-11, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Your opinions would be most appreciated

Thanks Anthony for your reply - and welcoming comments.

The speakers I am currently using are all Athena's (F2.2 fronts/C1.2 centre/R1.2 surrounds & P400 sub), and while more then adequate for the size round they are in - approximately 900 sq.ft, just don't seem to sparkle as much as i'd like them to. I spoke to someone at a store locally who sells Oppo products, and when I told him what receiver I would be connecting the Oppo to, he mentioned something about the Yamaha not having the best onboard DACs. This caught me somewhat off-guard as I thought that the Yammie sounded good - at least to me. So sufficed to say, this brought on the case of "updateitits".
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Thanks Anthony for your reply - and welcoming comments.

The speakers I am currently using are all Athena's (F2.2 fronts/C1.2 centre/R1.2 surrounds & P400 sub), and while more then adequate for the size round they are in - approximately 900 sq.ft, just don't seem to sparkle as much as i'd like them to. I spoke to someone at a store locally who sells Oppo products, and when I told him what receiver I would be connecting the Oppo to, he mentioned something about the Yamaha not having the best onboard DACs. This caught me somewhat off-guard as I thought that the Yammie sounded good - at least to me. So sufficed to say, this brought on the case of "updateitits".
Hello,
I really do think the DAC's in the Yamaha would be just fine. However, you can always configure the OPPO to where it handles the Decoding of the HD Codecs from Blu-Rays and all other Source Material.

If the upgradeitis is particularly acute, Yamaha's new Avantage line is quite impressive and had it been available when I purchased my TX-NR3007, I would have had a tough call about whether or not to get an A300 instead.
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Re: Your opinions would be most appreciated

If your choices are simply between just the Blu-ray player and an amp then being that you allready have the Blu-ray then i'd go for the amp or possibly better yet a newer more powerful AVR.
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-21-11, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all for your replies.

Boy, decisions, decisions, decisions....

Since both machines (Oppo 95/Emotiva XPA-5) are both available sometime in February, i'll keep on
reading wha information I can on both machines, and decide when they are released. And who knows,
maybe by that time both of them might be doable
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Re: Your opinions would be most appreciated

Hello,
If you do not own an Amplifier, I would definitely get an Amplifier before an expensive BDP. Don't get me wrong, the BDP-95 will be fantastic, but the differences between a 200 Dollar BDP and a 1000 Dollar one are not as profound as the differences between AVR power and a dedicated Amplifier.
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Re: Your opinions would be most appreciated

More power is better than less as it can cope better with the dynamics of movies than any AVR would, if your current AVR has pre outs then definitely upgrade with a new power amp, the Oppo BD players are just very good and probably the best around atm and if you want to get into 3D TV then that will do a fine job, I'm debating whether to go for a 93 or wait and get the 95
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-23-11, 09:11 PM
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Re: Your opinions would be most appreciated

I agree with everyone above. You already have a Bluray player. The Oppo, although with lots of bells and whistles, arguably will not give you a better PQ as far as playing BLURAY DISCS is concerned. You will get more enjoyment out of the amp at this point. Good luck with your decision!!
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post #10 of 17 Old 01-23-11, 09:25 PM
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Though I love my Oppo blu-ray player, I think you'd find the improvement that comes with a seperate amp to be more worthwhile than with the new disc player.
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