As a disc player, the BDP-105EU is more than good enough to show in palpable ways how well recorded SACDs really do sound better than their equivalent CDs (there’s greater smoothness and ease with SACDs, and simply more “there” there, so to speak). But as a DAC, the Oppo really comes into own, sounding much like it does when playing discs, but with subtly heightened levels of tonal saturation and warmth that make the music seem more engaging and intense, yet without seeming overblown in any way.
Are there caveats? Apart from the extensive run-in requirements noted above, I can think of only a few. First, the BDP-105EU is an inherently complex product that—at the end of the day—is simpler to navigate and control use when it is connected to a display screen, which might be off-putting to audio puritans purists. Second, the player’s sound is so unashamedly refined and sophisticated that you may feel inspired (if not compelled) to use top-tier interconnect cables that—no joke—will wind up costing more than the player does. But trust us on this one: the Oppo’s worth it.
If ever a product deserved to be considered the Swiss Army knife of digital media playback, the BDP-105EU is the one. Whether you choose it for multi- format disc playback, for network streaming capabilities, or to use as a DAC at the heart of a computer audio system, the BDP-105EU will consistently serve up levels of sonic refinement and sophistication the belie its modest price. Enthusiastically recommended.
Disc Types: BD-Video, Blu-ray 3D, DVD- Video, DVD-Audio, AVCHD, SACD, CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, BD-R/RE
BD Profile:BD-ROM Version 2.5 Profile 5
Supported Internet Streaming Content applications:Netflix, YouTube Leanback, and Picasa. A BBC iPlayer application is also under development.
Inputs:Two S/PDIF inputs (one coaxial, one optical), three USB 2.0 inputs, two HDMI inputs, three dedicated DAC inputs (one coaxial, one optical, and one asynchronous USB), one Ethernet port (RJ-45), one Wi-Fi port (via USB dongle).
Outputs:One 7.1-channel analogue audio output, two stereo analogue audio outputs (one set balanced via XLRs, one set single-ended via RCA jacks), two digital audio outputs (one coaxial, one optical), two HDMI outputs
Frequency response:(RCA) 20Hz – 20kHz: ± 0.2dB, 20Hz – 96kHz: -1.5dB; (XLR) 20Hz – 20kHz: ±0.3dB, 20Hz – 96kHz: -1.5dB; (Headphone Amp) 20Hz – 20kHz: ± 0.3dB
THD + Noise:><0.0003% (1kHz at 48k/24b, 0dBFS, 20kHz LPF), <0.0017% (1kHz at 44.1k/16b, 0dBFS, 20kHz LPF, <0.01% into 600 Ohms (1kHz at 48k/24b, 0dBFS, 20kHz LPF, Headphone Amplifier)
Headphone Amplifier Output:17mW @ 600 Ohms, 34mW @300 Ohms, 63mW @ 150 Ohms, 77mW @ 120 Ohms, 120mW @ 60 Ohms, 187mW @ 32 Ohms
DAC Resolution:(USB Audio) 2 channels @ 192k/24b PCM, (Coaxial/Optical) 2 channels @ 96k/24b
Dimensions (H x W x D):12.3x43x31.1cm Mass: 7.9 kg
Oppo BD UK, Ltd.