Admittedly, I’m a little late to the game when it comes to reviewing the Oppo BDP-105D. It is Oppo ‘s flagship Blu-ray player or maybe it would be more accurately be described as a digital media player. According to Oppo, “The Oppo BDP-105 is designed from the ground up with components optimized for enhanced analog audio performance. The Oppo BDP-105 features an all-new analog audio stage powered by two ESS Sabre32 Reference Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC), balanced (XLR) & unbalanced (RCA) dedicated stereo outputs, a Toroidal linear power supply, and asynchronous USB DAC input. These high-grade components are housed in a rigidly constructed metal chassis and work together to deliver exceptionally detailed and accurate sound quality along with reference quality video.” Believe it or not, the Oppo-105D actually has a lot more features than that, but equally important to me is that it works great as a straightforward disc player.
The reason I’m a little late to the party is that I just never took this product all that seriously; shame on me. Then, back in March, I was over at Constantine’s place, and he was playing his Esoteric K-03 SACD/CD player and 32-bit USB DAC, using the Esoteric G-01 rubidium clock. Then, just for the heck of it, he said, let’s listen to a couple of SACDs on the Oppo. To say I was shocked is an understatement. It was literally a jaw dropping experience.
I owned one of the early Oppo players, and while it sounded very, very good for the money, nothing about its build quality, packing or even its sound said “high-end.” Well, that’s changed, almost everything about the 105D says high-end in an understated way. It is a world-class product, from the casework to the thoughtful packaging. If I hadn’t known the price, I would have thought I was unpacking a five-figured priced player. This Oppo feels like something very expensive as you unpack it and hold it in your hands. The silver version looks really good on the shelf above the Pass Labs XA30.8.