I was looking on Amazon at the Oppo 103 and found this comment from someone who purchased a 103: “I am extremely impressed that it will output a pure DSD stream directly to my Yamaha receiver. There, the Yamaha processes the audio stream directly to it’s DAC’s.” This refers to the stock unit, not the one with the vanity board that is available as a 3rd party mod.
This is very surprising since I have always understood that Sony did not allow a digital output from an SACD player. I have kept my old SACD player to play my relatively small collection of SACDs, but its DAC is not in the same league as the PSA DS. I’d love to hear my SACDs through the DS. Can anyone confirm that the 103 can actually do this? I assume that if this guy used the DAC chip in his Yamaha I could do likewise with the DS.
Also, as long as we’re talking about Oppo – I have researched the differences between the 103 and the 105. The main difference, as far as I’ve learned, is that the latter has a better DAC chip. If I use a 103 basically as a transport and play through my DS, there probably is no reason to spend extra for the 105, correct?