Yes, the main difference between the 103 & 105 is the 2 ESS Sabre32 DACs employed in the 105. Video wise, they're exactly the same.
The exportable DAC with USB and digital inputs is quite handy also...and the built in headphone amplifier...
FWIW. Here is what I would be thinking:
- I would get a cheap(ish) 5* rated BRP, and put the money saved toward other areas....with your DS, you don't need great 2 channel replay / streaming.
- Try to keep the Jadis out of the AV solution by -
1] Using a Beresford switch box to allow 2 amps into your SF, or
2] Getting some small "style" type L&R and so keeping the systems separate.
- If using your SF, look to a SF centre; if not, you can use what you like.....you'd be surprised how well a style system can sound with a good sub. and keep an eye out for a recently discontinued one, to save money.
- Look to a sub from BK, as they are probably the best VFM.
- I think if you are clever, you can put together a cohesive sounding system, without breaking the bank or taking up a lot of room.
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I agree that's why I said the Oppo 105 would be a good option to start with as I need anyway a BRP and the oppo adds a lot of flexibility and tick a few boxes I still wanted to tick (like the fact of having an exportable DAC to connect pc, iphone, ipad to the system). And it would give me also a good sounding CD player (which might be handy sometimes when you have friends over wanting to check how their CDs play on a nice system). Those are all things I have been looking to put in place one day or another and I think this player ticks all of them
At a later stage I might add a proper AVR to the mix when I am going to have the space to do that...not for now. As for adding more speakers I am not sure this might going to happen one day...not for now at least.
Thanks for insight about the sub, do you know any of their specific models from BK?
A friend has the XLS 200, which is almost unbeatable for the money.
I was indeed looking at that one I have to find a subwoofer to try first before departing with any money as I don't like waste
I want to make sure I like the effect and I can also find a place for it!
You use a sub?
Yup.....it's pictured here (Ref 209): http://www.whathifi.com/forum/your-system/and-finally
You will likely need an Auralex Gramma (or Granite - though not as good) to put it on if you have a suspended wooden floor.
The one thing about a sub i (think)i have understood is that properly controlled its not all about the boom boom big bangs but adding a kind of depth and pressance,so if isulated correctly shouldn't upset your neighbours.
Also fwiw a good condition stlye speaker package is worth next to nothing second hand.
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So you are actually using the same speakers for HT and music. You use the AMS to drive your kef, right?
Why you think I should not use the Jadis to drive the SFs?
Yes, ATM I'm doing exactly that (though the AVR600 and AMS35i are a reasonable tonal match).......but am almost certainly going to get a pair of R100s to act as L+R.
The reasons I think you are better not using the Jadis are:
- Difficulty of getting a tonal match with AV receiver.
- Unnecessarily wasting tube life for AV
- Power usage
- It's presentation is a little "soft" and lacking dramatic impact / slam for HT (imo).
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