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Transducers, particularly speakers, which includes headphone drivers, are the highest distortion devices in the recording/reproduction chain, by orders of magnitude.  So, that’s where you should spend  the majority of your audio dollars.  They tend to mask what’s going on earlier in the chain.

I went looking yesterday afternoon for bargain prices on OPPO.  Instead what I found was the lower end models sold out, not to be restocked, I fear.  I guess Gary was not t
he first person to hear about the shutdown.

Bob Cham


> On Apr 3, 2018, at 7:01 PM, Eli Bildirici <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> I'm sure, though in my experience, choices there, particularly of speakers and headphones, are so many orders of magnitude more important that practically it doesn't make much sense to invest in DACs, even after the rest of your system is up to snuff. Unpopular opinion, I'm sure.
> 
> -------- Original Message --------
> From: "Gary A. Galo" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 06:58 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Oppo Digital
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>> 
>> The audio difference will, of course, depend on the resolution of the rest of your system.
>> 
>> Gary
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>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Gary A. Galo
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2018 6:53 PM
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>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Oppo Digital
>> 
>> The video in the two players is absolutely identical. I haven't heard the 203, but the 205 should be several cuts above in audio quality.
>> 
>> Gary
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>> Gary Galo
>> Audio Engineer Emeritus
>> The Crane School of Music