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Music in the Windy City…Axpona 2013

OK, so I wrote this blog entry and am now just posting….guess I have been busy! Axpona Chicago 2013 A time of firsts and a time of friends, family and good people. The Axpona Chicago 2013 show was the first audio show in Chicago in the last 15 years.  This strikes me as odd for…

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Oppo 103 Mods and Linear Power Supply Updates for 103/105!

I have been working on a LPS (Linear Power Supply) to replace the SMPS (Switch-Mode Power Supply) found in the Oppo BDP 103 and BDP 105 players.  Most DVD/Blu-Ray players use SMPS supplies, due to their efficiency, low cost and ease of mfr.  The SMPS provides high-current, low voltage supplies and multiple voltages easily and…

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Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we step through the door of time into the New Year 2013, I find myself looking back on 2012.  For me personally, and for most every person in the world I believe, 2012 was a very dynamic year, in both good and bad ways. We faced storms, tragedies, a presidential election…

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Oppo BDP-95 Vs. BDP-105: The Results!

Hi guys, I had a chance to do a direct A/B with the same preamp, same cable between players and preamp and every other variable the same. Oppo 95 tube mod with tube-rectified and SS rectified external power supply.  Copper internal wiring. Oppo 105 tube mod with tube-rectified and tube regulated external power supply, silver internal wiring and other bias and…

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Speakers, speakers, speakers….

People often ask WHICH speakers do I recommend with our amps and other electronics.  Well, I have a number of speakers that I can recommend, many of which based on owning them and using them every day! Many of you know that I am a big fan of Daedalus Loudspeakers. We use the Daedalus Ulysses…

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Oppo 105 Tube Mods – NOW TAKING ORDERS!!!

We are NOW taking orders for the 105 Tube Mods! Dec. 10, 2012. Price: $2295 Tube mod includes: Unit will function as DAC or player, USB or Coax digital input and fully balanced XLR or RCA single-ended analog stereo outputs via tube analog stage.  The Oppo 105 is a true Universal Player, playing all formats…

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Oppo BDP-105 Tube mods – REALLY GLOWING NOW!

Updates on final design of Oppo 105 tube mods: I have decided that the headphone section will remain stock.  I may offer a headphone specific upgrade, but I am too concerned about creating TOO high of output levels and damaging headphones or ears!  I did NOT find improvement by using these extra DACs in parallel…

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Oppo 105 Updates!

Progress Update! I have a working prototype using four out of the eight DACs on the SABRE chip.  It sounds fantastic via XLR and RCA, USB in via J. River Media and on all disc formats.  The proto includes the new power supply design with tube rectifier and tube regulator tubes. Next step is to…

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New Mods: Oppo BDP-103 and BDP-105!

OK guys, first of all, updates on the units as I have both stock 103 and 105 in house right now, thank you to customers who opted to let me use their units develop the mod! The stock 105 IS superior sounding, to my ears, to the stock 103.  Not even needing an A/B.  The…

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Oppo BDP-105 – Make it Glow!

I am pleased to announce that we are well into finalizing the Oppo BDP-105 tube mods.  I expect completion in 1-2 weeks.  We are building on what we achieved with the Oppo BDP-95 and taking things to the next level, in accordance with the upgrades that Oppo has achieved with the 105! I am currently…

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