I used to use an Oppo 981HD and my findings mirror those from Jud.
Quote Originally Posted by Mike Mcsweeney View Post
I may try the Schit (pardon the pun). What model OPPO do you have?
You are saying that if you burn the same wav file on a cd and play it in your OPPO will sound worse than playing the wav from from a pc? I'm old school - I start out with the CD, and rip the music file to computer. So the other way round from the process you describe. And yes, the music file played through the external DAC sounds better than the CD (or SACD) played through the OPPO.
In your test, did you play a cd and use analog out of your OPPO into reciever playing in direct stereo mode? It's hard for me to grasp that playing the same wav file from a pc would sound better. I guess I am happy i bought an S790 instead of an oppo. I've used both the analog out of the OPPO into my preamp, and the digital coax into the external DAC. The latter sounds better than the former, but the computer as source sounds best to me in my system.