Re: [regsaudioforum] Re: Outrageous
- Well Tom, there's no greater priority than safety and I could have written far more.
I should clarify that "A cause of rejectable insurance claims" reletes to my understanding that operating equipment with the cover removed may be sufficient reason for an insurance company to wriggle out of paying fully in event of claim.
And in the legal sense, isn't there implied or actual contract between maker and owner where responsibilitues of warranty and support are voided by tampering or misuse?I mean, really, you seem unaccepting of the considerable qualities of what you painstakingly chose. Does your equipment not yet reveal that greater differences are between recordings?Hmmmm??:-)Fred.
From: Tom Mallin <tmallin4@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 17:27
Subject: Re: [regsaudioforum] Re: Outrageous
Your points are well taken, Fred. For safety first, leave the cover on.As I mentioned, the cover of the 105 does incorporate, on the inside, a healthy slab of dampening material, a first for an Oppo player. Oppo DID listen and ameliorated the problem of the ringing cover as much as they could and still leave room for air-cooling slots in the cover. And they did listen and got rid of the 95's fan. They probably did what they could to both damp the cover and at the same time allow the unit to run cool enough without an internal fan.On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM, Fred <glenndriech@...> wrote:Greetings Tom,
If I may be somewhat forthright, an analogy of removing the cover would be cutting the roof off a BMW saloon to make it a convertible, expecting the chassis to remain safely stiff and doors not jam!
Covers are part of physical and electrical design and specification and normally a structural necessity. A two-way protection enclosing an 'environment' for predictable operation. A safeguard. A cause of rejectable insurance claims. A barrier against dust and contamination. A means of directing air flow in critical areas. A containment of flame and flying parts - you'd be surprised at what components can do in catastrophic failure! Resilience against vibration less predictable with cover removed. If the electronics "self-generate a lot of RF inside the case" (a bad thing) it should be contained by many methods (including the cover) and the last thing you want is for such RF to escape like bit bucket overflow to risk interference with other equipment and services.
You know, the photograph suggests you follow the most charming mish-mash of perceptions, conceptions and corrected side effects :-)
If Oppo are as reputable and competent as I've read, I'm sure they'd respond to any feedback positively and could incorporate relevant changes in course of production - but I doubt any company would do with equipment not used as intended.
And I think mods and twiddles are a curse that audiophiliacs bring upon themselves!
From: Tom Mallin <tmallin4@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 12:41
Subject: Re: [regsaudioforum] Re: Outrageous
I have owned many items of electronics where removing the cover seemed to affect the sound. Sometimes the sound gets brighter and a bit more grungy or brittle. Sometimes, however, there is a clarifying effect.I speculate that the difference is whether or not the electronics inside the box are adversely affected by environmental RF which the metal case might block from getting inside. If the electronics self-generate a lot of RF inside the case, however, the net effect of removing the cover might be helpful to allow such RF to escape.Or, another speculation, the overall sonic effect could relate to vibrations induced in the cover by internal or external (speakers playing loud music) sources. Those vibrations might produce microphonics in some components mounted on the circuit boards inside. Damping the cover or removing it can reduce such vibrations. I routinely place objects atop the covers of electronics which produce any ringing when tapped with my finger. I frequently use the Bright Star Audio Little Rocks for that purpose. This often produces a clarifying effect even when the cover remains in place.Another much cheaper way to damp the covers of electronics is to put an old issue of The Absolute Sound on top; the issue should be one that is entirely flat from lack of repeated reading and lack of mangling in the mail or your own handling. Those are easy to find chez moi. This is NOT a joke. I do this with the other Oppo players I have in other systems in the house and with my DaySequerra tuner in the reference system, as well as with my 1980s Sony receiver I have in the bedroom system since without the magazine atop the cover the receiver cover actually audibly buzzes from certain bass notes produced by the AR-5 speakers mounted in the same cabinetry. I position such dampers so as not to block any ventilation holes in the cover of the electronics.With the Bright Star Little Rock atop the Oppo with the cover removed, it would be difficult to unintentionally stick one's fingers inside to contact high voltage.On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 5:14 AM, Fred <glenndriech@...> wrote:Now there's an extreme.
Seems to me that removing the casing severally negates its purpose and might affect warranty.Fred.
From: thomasmallin <tmallin4@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 6:54
Subject: [regsaudioforum] Re: Outrageous
I've posted a picture of my Oppo BDP-105 set up (which is the same as my prior BDP-95 set up) at:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/regsaudioforum/photos/album/404627898/pic/914904054/view?picmode=large&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=141&dir=ascI've owned the Arcici Suspense Rack since 1994. This is an early version and it originally had four air bladders, but I eliminated one as in the later version. The top shelf of the Arcici Suspense rack thus sits on three air bladders which are inside the wooden tray frame. The air bladders are adjusted for leveling and sound quality--not too much air and not too little. The amount of air in the bladders and leveling of the top shelf is surprisingly critical for best system sound in terms of perceived tonal balance, imaging, and staging. The bottom of the top shelf must clear the wooden frame by no less than 1/4 inch and no more than 3/8 inch. The arrangement of the air bladders inside the wooden tray frame is also important: two in back and one in front seems to work best and the bladders cannot touch each other or the sides of the wooden tray frame.The top shelf is an acrylic sheet over metal. The metal sheet weighs about 60 pounds. Long threaded metal rods are anchored in this metal sheet and the remaining lower shelves of the rack hang from the rods and thus the metal sheet and are also supported by the air bladders under the metal sheet. The lower shelves of the rack are also thus air suspended and bounce and sway rather freely at a low frequency.The bottom Bright Star Little Rock has been modified by adding a thin felt layer to the bottom of it to prevent scratching and rattling against the acrylic shelf.Between the bottom metal chassis of the disc player and the bottom Bright Star Little Rock are a tripod of three double stacks of Symposium Rollerblocks using the Grade 3 Superball bearings. As always, I've removed the stock feet of the player. I've tried various arrangements, and having one stack under the drawer front and center works best sonically. In my experience, all CD players work best by arranging to have one of the three aftermarket "feet" under the drawer area, regardless of what kind of "feet" I've used, from soft sorbothane or Navcom pucks to hard but wiggly things like this Rollerblock arrangement. The other two "feet" are arranged so as to give the largest possible triangle of support and put all feet close to the stiff edges and corners of the chassis.The stock cover of the player has been removed and another, newer model of the Bright Star Audio Little Rock sits atop the front and rear edges of the player chassis. I've tried various arrangements of this "cover" as well and this one is sonically best. This Little Rock's lower part just happens to be just right in size to span the chassis front to back.Electrical supply to the player and all other equipment in the system is via the Absolute Power Cord sold by GTT Audio. Digital cable is Apogee Wyde-Eye A/D, and balanced interconnects are Bryston.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Tom Mallin <tmallin4@...> wrote:
> I'll try taking a photo of my "standard" set up tonight. Various other
> photos of the BDP-105 from various angle are in Google Images at:
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 5:43 PM, yipmangmeng@... wrote:
> > **
> > Put up some photos with the lids on and off, Tom.
> > Yip
> > --- On *Tue, 11/12/12, Tom Mallin tmallin4@...* wrote:
> > From: Tom Mallin tmallin4@...
> > Subject: Re: [regsaudioforum] Re: Outrageous
> > To: email@example.com
> > Date: Tuesday, 11 December, 2012, 6:49 AM
> > P.S.: A little more detail is in order already, I think, even though I've
> > only listened to the unit over the last weekend.
> > Oppo is a company that deserves a lot of support. Their customer service
> > create a strongly positive impression even before you actually listen.
> > They announce products well ahead of time and have a very strong and
> > enthusiastic cadre of beta testers which means that when products are
> > actually released, they are relatively bug free. They release units when
> > they say they are going to, units are almost always in stock once released,
> > on-line ordering is extremely easy, communication about the order is
> > exemplary, orders are filled faster than one could believe, and the
> > packaging is absolutely tops. Unpacking an Oppo unit continues to leave me
> > amazed at the care which is taken on packing--so well thought out.
> > I've owned or own at least five Oppos of various models over the years.
> > I've had zero glitches or failures. The only slight problem was the fan
> > noise of the 95. I solved this by removing the cover and placing a Bright
> > Star Little Rock of sufficient size atop the chassis so that it pressed on
> > the front and rear lips of the chassis. Just removing the cover of the 95
> > actually is quite a sonic upgrade, at least for the 95--Electronic
> > Visionary Systems recommends this, and the difference is immediately
> > apparent. With this tweak, the 95 was fully the equal of my old PS Audio
> > Perfect Wave (first version) DAC plus transport on everything both could
> > play, and of course the Oppo plays optical disks like SACDs which the PS
> > cannot.
> > Even so, it was apparent within the first few seconds of listening that
> > the 105 is yet better sonically, and not by just a tiny amount, at least
> > feeding my Maui-Modded TacT. The balanced analog out sound seems most
> > improved. There is now at most a whisker's difference between the sound of
> > the Oppo's balanced analog out feeding the TacT's A/D and the Oppo's coax
> > digital out bypassing the TacT's A/D. I doubt I could reliably tell the
> > difference in blind testing and could barely keep track of which was which
> > in sighted testing. In the 95, the analog outs were a bit glary and
> > spatially flat by comparison to the digital outs. And both the digital and
> > analog out of the new 105 sound better than those of the 95 into the TacT.
> > I have removed the cover of the 105 and am using the same Bright Star
> > Little Rock atop it as with the 95. The set up is as identical as
> > possible. Removing the cover may not make much of a difference with the
> > 105. The 105's cover, unlike that of the 95, has air flow slots and a big
> > slab of dampening material affixed to the inside center of the cover.
> > Tapping on the cover does not produce the kind of cheap sheet metal
> > ringing you get with prior Oppos and much other equipment with covers
> > attached.
> > Sonically, there are improvements immediately obvious in most categories.
> > Bass is yet firmer and more resolute, without the PS Audio's bit of
> > warming. Small details like key action on woodwinds are more integrated
> > with sound of the notes than on any previous player. Imaging is rock solid
> > and staging is more expansive, especially in depth. The sound breaks free
> > more from the speakers. Mids and highs are relaxed yet more detailed, and
> > nothing jumps forward just because it gets louder or higher in frequency.
> > Cymbal crashes have reached a new level of realism. The entire
> > presentation is less mechanical, more analog, with yet more vestiges of the
> > old digitalis falling away.
> > And then there are the functional improvements. There are separate
> > digital inputs for USB (asynchronously handled), coax, and toslink. Each
> > can be separately selected by remote control, in addition to the sound from
> > the disk drawer. Together with the remote's volume control, this allows
> > the 105 to operate as a preamp for an all-digital system, including one
> > centered on a computer server. (My new Dual Core allows this also, and
> > adds EQ. Thus, I now have two ways to bypass the TacT, if I want/need to,
> > losing only the TacT's fully electronic digital crossover. Recent firmware
> > upgrades to the DualCore will allow a pair of those to work in tandem to
> > provide a full digital high and low pass crossover if needed.)
> > I wonder if future Oppos will add a TFT screen and sophisticated DSP room
> > correction and crossovering? And since it's a Blu-Ray unit aimed at home
> > theater and surround sound, the DSP and crossovers would work separately
> > for all channels of a 7.1 system. Knowing Oppo's pricing policy, the whole
> > thing would sell for maybe $2,500. Now that would really be something . .
> > . . Oppo, are you listening?
> > On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM, Tom Mallin tmallin4@...<http://mc/compose?to=tmallin4@...
> > > wrote:
> > Yes, definitely.
> > On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 9:41 AM, Edward Edward_Wu@...<http://mc/compose?to=Edward_Wu@...
> > > wrote:
> > **
> > Hi Tom
> > Sounds like a big thumbs up on the new Oppo?
> > Best
> > Edward
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org<http://mc/compose?to=regsaudioforum%40yahoogroups.com>,
> > Tom Mallin tmallin4@ wrote:
> > >
> > > For that amount, you could buy yourself and more than 20 of your friends
> > an
> > > Oppo BDP-105 and spread MUCH joy.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM, Bomwell, Alan abomwell@wrote:
> > >
> > > > **
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > I just received the latest TAS which includes the Product of the year
> > > > awards. I noted the price of the Crystal Cable Absolute Dream
> > $28,100/2m
> > > > pr.,speaker cable. Where did the marketing department get that last
> > $100
> > > > from? $28,000 OK...but $28,100? Outrageous! :)
> > > >
> > > > Al
> > > > Sent via BlackBerry Wireless handheld
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
- Never mind Fred. As Miss Marple said - "Good advice is hardly ever listened too, but that's no reason for not giving it."
--- In email@example.com, Fred <glenndriech@...> wrote:
> Respectfully acknowledged Tom.
> As are your strangenesses ;-)
> Hopefully you'll accept my chides and teases as well intended observations.