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JJinID
April 7, 2013, 08:46 PM
I received my ModWright Oppo BDP-105 on Friday. I am breaking it in as we speak, but I just have to express my joy and share how awesome it truly is. It betters my ModWright Oppo 95 in all aspects. I was going to break it in with the stock tubes, but I just had to see how it sounded with the Sophia Electric 6SN7s and Mullard rectifier in the power supply. One word: WOW! More to come...

joeinid
April 7, 2013, 09:21 PM
This makes me wish I had waited for the Oppo 105 with Dan's updates. Congratulations Jeff.

Mike
April 7, 2013, 09:29 PM
Jeff - I've heard that ModWright Oppo 95 and its wonderful. I'm thinking of doing it to my Oppo 95 which is audio duties only.

Mike

NorthStar
April 8, 2013, 01:01 AM
This is great Jeff; thanx a bunch for sharing. ...I'll be following with great interest.

JJinID
April 9, 2013, 07:45 PM
Thanks guys for the positive feedback. I'm really enjoying the player so far, and loving how it sounds!


Jeff - I've heard that ModWright Oppo 95 and its wonderful. I'm thinking of doing it to my Oppo 95 which is audio duties only.

Mike

Mike - the ROI on doing it is so high - I really do think you would be very pleased. I believe the biggest part of the difference I am hearing with the 105 is the upgraded external power supply, that is both tube rectified and tube regulated. This can be included with the 95 also if that is the route you want to go - just let Dan know!


This is great Jeff; thanx a bunch for sharing. ...I'll be following with great interest.

Thanks Bob - still want to do some more break in before I post more detailed impressions, but I will say for now that it is more than I expected and everything positive that has been written is 100% right on!

f1 fan
April 10, 2013, 11:31 PM
I'm intrigued about Oppo 105. I know this is a stupid question but how does it compare to the McIntosh 861 and 871 or other models? It will be used only as a 2 channel player for CDs and sacd's.

Dave

NorthStar
April 10, 2013, 11:42 PM
I think that the Esoteric K-03 CD/SACD player (less Blu-ray/DVD playback capability, and multichannel surround sound), sounds better than the Oppo BDP-105, but not sure though in its modified tubed form. ..The ModWright 105 might just beat the Esoteric K-03 from stereo SACDs and CDs listening.

* One guy I know, Jim, said that it sounds better (Modwright 105) than his previous two high end digital playback machines; one at $18,000 (Wadia) and the other at $32,000 (Burmester)! ...Let me find that link and I'll post it right here.

cmalak
April 10, 2013, 11:45 PM
Jeff...glad you are over the moon with Dan's mods on the 105. If I remember correctly you also did the mods on the BDP-95. How do the two compare? Is pricing for the mods on the 105 similar to what it was on the 95? Thx

f1 fan
April 11, 2013, 12:16 AM
I think that the Esoteric K-03 CD/SACD player (less Blu-ray/DVD playback capability, and multichannel surround sound), sounds better than the Oppo BDP-105, but not sure though in its modified tubed form. ..The ModWright 105 might just beat the Esoteric K-03 from stereo SACDs and CDs listening.

* One guy I know, Jim, said that it sounds better (Modwright 105) than his previous two high end digital playback machines; one at $18,000 and the other at $30,000! ...Let me find that link and I'll post it right here.

Bob...thanks my friend.

Dave

NorthStar
April 11, 2013, 01:12 AM
1. http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?8585-Oppo-BDP-103-amp-BDP-105-Universal-Blu-ray-Players-Reviews-amp-Opinions&p=179728&viewfull=1#post179728 ... => Post #191

2. http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?8585-Oppo-BDP-103-amp-BDP-105-Universal-Blu-ray-Players-Reviews-amp-Opinions&p=179984&viewfull=1#post179984 ... => Post #200

3. http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?8585-Oppo-BDP-103-amp-BDP-105-Universal-Blu-ray-Players-Reviews-amp-Opinions&p=180810&viewfull=1#post180810 ... => Check the two links from post #221

joeinid
April 11, 2013, 01:20 AM
Thanks Bob!

NorthStar
April 11, 2013, 01:30 AM
Thanks Bob!

Hey Joe, I started that thread over there a while ago, and I must have 45% of all the posts in it lol. :D
...Plus all the pro reviews (links) are there. ...On the 105, and also the 103. ...Plus much much more ....

Thing is, only very few members are participating (lower level of interest), so it feels real lonely sometimes.

I also have a mega thread on all the top A/V receiver models from the year 2010-11-12 and 2013.
...All the best ones (top guns, flagships, top tiers), with specs, reviews and all that jazz; but roughly 70% of all the posts are mine!
- I just need more communication in my life, but A/V Receivers are not it! ...At least from the places I usually frequent now.

* But this thread right here is about the ModWright Oppo 105; so I hope more people will eventually show their interest, and perhaps Dan himself from ModWright will show up as well. :)

And we're not even a hundred members yet; so we'll have to get some more (I already started with some invitations).
...One day at a time; and me I'm much more into quality over quantity. BUT! If many means many quality people (real people, not invented ones), then I'm all in because it means vast forests of pure oxygen for all the planet. ...Nature preservation, reinvestment, and humanity recycling.

joeinid
April 11, 2013, 01:47 AM
Bob

Thank you for your dedication in sharing your vast knowledge. We want an open, information sharing forum.

NorthStar
April 11, 2013, 02:31 AM
Sounds like a real fair proposition Joe, as audiophiles are always in search of better sound, new music, and down-to-earth and honest prices reflecting real tangibility from designers living in normal houses, and having a normal life.

We'll all do our best I'm sure.

f1 fan
April 11, 2013, 09:27 AM
1. http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?8585-Oppo-BDP-103-amp-BDP-105-Universal-Blu-ray-Players-Reviews-amp-Opinions&p=179728&viewfull=1#post179728 ... => Post #191

2. http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?8585-Oppo-BDP-103-amp-BDP-105-Universal-Blu-ray-Players-Reviews-amp-Opinions&p=179984&viewfull=1#post179984 ... => Post #200

3. http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?8585-Oppo-BDP-103-amp-BDP-105-Universal-Blu-ray-Players-Reviews-amp-Opinions&p=180810&viewfull=1#post180810 ... => Check the two links from post #221

Bob...thanks for the link

Dave

JJinID
April 12, 2013, 12:13 AM
Jeff...glad you are over the moon with Dan's mods on the 105. If I remember correctly you also did the mods on the BDP-95. How do the two compare? Is pricing for the mods on the 105 similar to what it was on the 95? Thx

Hi Cyril! I do have the ModWright BDP-95 still. It is an excellent player, and I would have kept it indefinitely if it had the digital input that the 105 has. The 105 is an improvement though - need to do some more break in and direct comparison which I will see if I can get to this weekend. The cost of the mods is equal for both units. The primary difference is the new external power supply - the PS 9.9 - comes standard with the 105. I believe that is the biggest difference in what I am hearing. I will try out my 95 with the newer PS and see how much that closes the gap.

NorthStar
April 12, 2013, 02:34 PM
Instead of starting another thread, I decided to stay within the coffins of the Oppo ModWright BD players.
...And eventually with comparisons between the 103 and 105, both modded and from their original state.

* Modded 103 with tons of internal pictures (very detailed) - French review (just use your 'Translate' feature from your Goggle toolbar): ;)

=> http://www.homecinema-fr.com/forum/tests-cr-sources/lecteur-hd-oppo-bdp-103-audiocom-signature-et-reference-t30034404.html

________________

* Oppo 103 Mods and Linear Power Supply Updates for 103/105! ...By Dan Wright

=> http://www.modwright.com/blog/

JJinID
April 20, 2013, 10:15 PM
I'm getting closer to 100 hours on my ModWright Oppo 105 now. I let it run all day, and it seems to be balancing and smoothing out very nicely!

I will be parting with my ModWright 95 on Monday, so I will get that plugged back in tomorrow and report back on the differences I hear in my system between the two players.

NorthStar
April 21, 2013, 12:04 AM
That is truly awesome from you Jeff! :cool:

joeinid
April 21, 2013, 02:05 AM
Hi Jeff

I am happy the modified 105 is sounding great. I am actually going to get one at some point because I love my modified Sony 5400. My only wish and I think the modwright oppo takes care of is a fully functional digital input. Please keep up with your updates. I really look forward to reading them.

JJinID
April 21, 2013, 11:41 AM
Hi Jeff

I am happy the modified 105 is sounding great. I am actually going to get one at some point because I love my modified Sony 5400. My only wish and I think the modwright oppo takes care of is a fully functional digital input. Please keep up with your updates. I really look forward to reading them.

Thank you Joe! The digital input on the 105 is indeed fully functional, the only limitation is that coaxial and optical are limited to a max of 96/24 whereas the USB will do full 192/24. Also the latest firmware allows DSD decoding, but only via a locally attached USB drive at this point. I intend to test that out this week and see how it sounds.

I've been doing my comparison of the modified 95 vs. 105 this morning, which I will write up shortly.

JJinID
April 21, 2013, 12:18 PM
I've spent the past couple of hours performing a direct comparison of my two ModWright modified Oppo players. I haven't had the 95 in my system for the past couple of weeks, so I knew it would be interesting to plug it back in and see what differences I hear. To level the playing field as much as possible, I inserted the stock Electro-Harmonix 6SN7 tubes into both units. Same WW SE cables for both units. The only advantage for the 105 is that it is plugged into the new PS 9.9 power supply, which is what it comes with, while the 95 is plugged into the 9.0 PS. There is one other difference between the two players - I added the option of the Audio Magic Pulse Gen ZX, which my 95 does not have. Both units do have the optional Bybee Music Rails added to the 2-channel DAC.

The sound of both players is excellent, and I could have easily lived with the 95 permanently if not for the lack of digital input. In terms of tone, the 95 is a just a tad warmer and darker sounding. The 105 is brighter, more open and resolved sounding, while also being more quiet with a blacker background. Soundstage width is similar for both units, but the 105 definitely wins on soundstage depth. You are sitting a bit closer to the stage with the 105, and instruments are more distinct and occupy their own space more clearly. The increased resolution and micro-detail are especially noticeable with the texture of acoustic instruments, and the clarity and richness of the female voice is amazing. The 105 is also a bit more dynamic and extended sounding. Bass goes deeper with more impact with the 105, and the cymbals are just a bit crisper and real sounding. The 105 also wins on overall build quality of the stock unit, which I believe carries over to the performance as well.

I knew from the first time I turned on the 105 that it was a different sounding player, and I loved what I was hearing. The differences I describe above are not subtle - they are very real. That being said, the 95 still sounds great. It is very cohesive and smooth sounding. I am wondering if I still need a bit more break in with the 105, as it is not quite as smooth as the 95 (yet).

That is where things stand for now. As I mentioned, today will be my last day with the 95. It is a fantastic sounding player, and I highly recommend it. The 105 does take the sound to another level though, and it is my belief that it competes with the best of digital that is available at any price. I love being able to run my modified SB Touch into the coaxial digital input as well - music streaming has never sounded better! I am now finished for the foreseeable future in terms of digital source components - the ModWright Oppo 105 is the best and strongest link now in my system! :happy:

A/V Solutions
April 21, 2013, 12:28 PM
Hi Jeff.....sounds like the 105 is working out nice for you and has found a new home within your system! have you settled on the LS-100 pre and have you considered pairing up any of Dan's amps with his pre?

joeinid
April 21, 2013, 12:38 PM
Thanks Jeff,

If my ModWright Sony had the digital input, I could see myself living with that unit for a long time. Dan makes amazing gear and now you've done it to me again. The ModWright Oppo 105 w/ new power supply is something I really need to get. Thanks for the great write-up.

TubeBias
April 21, 2013, 04:02 PM
Glad to read all the great reviews on the Modwrights.I have been in contact with Dan and Kristin and told them i would decide by this week if and when i'm sending mine in.
I guess i have made my decision.I'll be scheduling with her tomorrow.
More tubes!
It just doesn't get any better.

joeinid
April 21, 2013, 04:14 PM
Awesome!

Kristin was great on the phone and makes the ordering process a breeze.

JJinID
April 21, 2013, 08:43 PM
Hi Jeff.....sounds like the 105 is working out nice for you and has found a new home within your system! have you settled on the LS-100 pre and have you considered pairing up any of Dan's amps with his pre?

Hi Jeff - thanks and you should try to seek out the ModWright 105 to hear sometime, especially in context of the DAC shootout you and the guys were a part of. I have a feeling it would fare quite well!

I have the LS100 on extended loan from Dan - it sounds terrific and I would keep it on that basis, but I have a couple of items in mind for my next preamp so the LS100 as is won't be here forever. I will share more on that when I have permission. Once that is done I will definitely be seeing how the synergy of the ModWright amps matches up in my current setup.

A/V Solutions
April 21, 2013, 09:59 PM
Hi Jeff - thanks and you should try to seek out the ModWright 105 to hear sometime, especially in context of the DAC shootout you and the guys were a part of. I have a feeling it would fare quite well!

I have the LS100 on extended loan from Dan - it sounds terrific and I would keep it on that basis, but I have a couple of items in mind for my next preamp so the LS100 as is won't be here forever. I will share more on that when I have permission. Once that is done I will definitely be seeing how the synergy of the ModWright amps matches up in my current setup.

Thanks Jeff.....Will look into the 105, let us know what direction you end up going. Happy Listening!

JJinID
April 21, 2013, 11:11 PM
Thanks Jeff,

If my ModWright Sony had the digital input, I could see myself living with that unit for a long time. Dan makes amazing gear and now you've done it to me again. The ModWright Oppo 105 w/ new power supply is something I really need to get. Thanks for the great write-up.

Thank you Joe - and let me know when you are ready to pull the trigger!


Glad to read all the great reviews on the Modwrights.I have been in contact with Dan and Kristin and told them i would decide by this week if and when i'm sending mine in.
I guess i have made my decision.I'll be scheduling with her tomorrow.
More tubes!
It just doesn't get any better.

Mike - nice to have you here, and I believe you will be very pleased with your decision. Keep us posted!

JJinID
April 21, 2013, 11:16 PM
Thanks Jeff.....Will look into the 105, let us know what direction you end up going. Happy Listening!

Will do Jeff - preamp news/direction will be sometime around this summer. I look forward to being able to share what's coming! In the meantime, my system has never sounded better. I owe part of that to you, and a TT upgrade will likely be in the not too far off future for me as well!

NorthStar
April 21, 2013, 11:45 PM
Thank you Jeff for your mini comparison between two greats; the older, and the newer (more happily featured too).

I like listening to what I'm reading. :satisfying:

JJinID
April 22, 2013, 01:34 AM
Thank you Jeff for your mini comparison between two greats; the older, and the newer (more happily featured too).

I like listening to what I'm reading. :satisfying:

Thanks Bob! I hope you are able to find a way to hear one sometime. The value/return on investment is through the roof with the ModWright modifications. I know many people flinch (or worse) at spending $3k for modifying a $1.2k machine, however that always seems to change for those who actually listen to one!

joeinid
April 22, 2013, 09:08 AM
Thanks Bob! I hope you are able to find a way to hear one sometime. The value/return on investment is through the roof with the ModWright modifications. I know many people flinch (or worse) at spending $3k for modifying a $1.2k machine, however that always seems to change for those who actually listen to one!

Ain't that the truth!

TubeBias
April 22, 2013, 02:52 PM
Thanks Bob! I hope you are able to find a way to hear one sometime. The value/return on investment is through the roof with the ModWright modifications. I know many people flinch (or worse) at spending $3k for modifying a $1.2k machine, however that always seems to change for those who actually listen to one!


I notice you say 3K in mods.Did you go with the Bybee rails also?
And is there a difference between the Truth umb and a Signature Truth Umb.
I did not see it on the website.The "signature" that is.
Thanks.

JJinID
April 22, 2013, 05:22 PM
I notice you say 3K in mods.Did you go with the Bybee rails also?
And is there a difference between the Truth umb and a Signature Truth Umb.
I did not see it on the website.The "signature" that is.
Thanks.

The standard mod cost is $2300 - if you add the Bybee music rail and Pulse Gen ZX options it pushes the cost to almost $3k. The Signature Truth umbillical is standard now for the 105 mod.

TubeBias
April 22, 2013, 06:28 PM
The standard mod cost is $2300 - if you add the Bybee music rail and Pulse Gen ZX options it pushes the cost to almost $3k. The Signature Truth umbillical is standard now for the 105 mod.

Thanks.I'm going with the Bybee rails but need to research the pulse gen whatever thing.Not familiar with it.

NorthStar
April 22, 2013, 06:41 PM
* ModWright Instruments | OPPO BDP-105 Modifications (http://www.modwright.com/modifications/oppo-bdp83-and-bdp83se-mod.php)

* ModWright Instruments | Oppo BDP-95 Vs. BDP-105: The Results! (http://www.modwright.com/blog/post.php?s=2012-12-14-oppo-bdp95-vs-bdp105-the-results)

* 6moons audio reviews: ModWright's OPPO 105 mod (http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/modwright11/1.html)

JJinID
April 22, 2013, 06:45 PM
Thanks.I'm going with the Bybee rails but need to research the pulse gen whatever thing.Not familiar with it.

Audio Magic :: Xstream (http://www.audio-magic.com/Prod-PulseGenZX.html) :)

TubeBias
April 22, 2013, 06:59 PM
Audio Magic :: Xstream (http://www.audio-magic.com/Prod-PulseGenZX.html) :)

400 bucks worth of magic?
You have this in yours JJ?

NorthStar
April 22, 2013, 07:03 PM
Just the name is magic by itself. :)

Klipschfan
April 22, 2013, 09:10 PM
Audio Magic Pulse Gen ZX: A Multi-Writer Review | Hi-Fi Systems Reviews | HighFidelityReview - Hi-Fi systems, DVD-Audio and SACD reviews (http://www.highfidelityreview.com/audio-magic-pulse-gen-zx.html)

JJinID
April 23, 2013, 11:29 AM
400 bucks worth of magic?
You have this in yours JJ?

I do have this in my ModWright Oppo 105, along with the Bybee Music Rail on the DAC power supply. I did not opt for the Pulse Gen ZX on my MW 95, but decided to go full out on the 105 and make it the best player possible. It is hard to know for sure if it was worth the additional $400 or not - I will say that I do hear a blacker and more quiet background with the 105, so it's likely that the ZX is contributing to that.

TubeBias
April 23, 2013, 04:35 PM
i'm gonna get it WTH? It's only money.

joeinid
April 23, 2013, 04:38 PM
i'm gonna get it WTH? It's only money.

Exactly. I love my ModWright Sony and plan on adding this to the stable as well. Dan's mods are awesome!

TubeBias
April 23, 2013, 04:41 PM
Exactly. I love my ModWright Sony and plan on adding this to the stable as well. Dan's mods are awesome!

I spoke with Kristin this morning but she was on the road so she's calling me later.I really use this for the 2CH as i'm focused on music with a movie every couple months maybe.I doubt i will go Bybee on the MCH for the $225.Haven't decided.It would be more for resale than anything and i dont plan to sell for quite awhile.

JJinID
April 23, 2013, 09:11 PM
I spoke with Kristin this morning but she was on the road so she's calling me later.I really use this for the 2CH as i'm focused on music with a movie every couple months maybe.I doubt i will go Bybee on the MCH for the $225.Haven't decided.It would be more for resale than anything and i dont plan to sell for quite awhile.

Awesome - I look forward to your impressions once you receive it. Be sure to tell Kristin I said "hi"! ;)

JJinID
April 23, 2013, 09:14 PM
There are some new pictures just posted to the ModWright web site of the modified 105:

ModWright Instruments | Photos (http://www.modwright.com/gallery/album.php?s=oppo-bdp105-tube-mod)

http://www.modwright.com/cms/resources/105frntstock-w1000h680.jpg

http://www.modwright.com/cms/resources/105guts-w1000h680.jpg

TubeBias
April 25, 2013, 07:38 PM
Awesome - I look forward to your impressions once you receive it. Be sure to tell Kristin I said "hi"! ;)

Yep sure will.Nice pics.Can't wait to get moving on this now.

- - - Updated - - -

We have ignition.
Got the mod with Bybee rail on the 2CH and the 400 dollar magic box.
I also went with a new 105 instead of taking mine out and shipping.Just drop shipped from Oppo.When I get it I will run a week or so comparing and then sell it.
I also have a Marantz Ltd Ed 15S2 SACD that really sings so I want to hear how they shake out in comparison.
Now we wait!

JJinID
April 28, 2013, 02:50 PM
Yep sure will.Nice pics.Can't wait to get moving on this now.

- - - Updated - - -

We have ignition.
Got the mod with Bybee rail on the 2CH and the 400 dollar magic box.
I also went with a new 105 instead of taking mine out and shipping.Just drop shipped from Oppo.When I get it I will run a week or so comparing and then sell it.
I also have a Marantz Ltd Ed 15S2 SACD that really sings so I want to hear how they shake out in comparison.
Now we wait!

I look forward to your comparison between stock and modified along with your Marantz!

MrAcoustat
April 28, 2013, 07:58 PM
Hi i have no doubt what so ever that a Modwright Oppo BDP-105 must be very very good, but a $2,500.00 mod on a $1,000.00 unit for ME no thank you , maybe if it was my primary source i would think different, but it isn't it is just a backup for my main source if anything should go wrong, for that reason i will leave it just the way it is, it's a great backup for $ 1,000.00 but for $3,500.00 it should be you're main source unless of course you can afford it.

NorthStar
April 28, 2013, 08:22 PM
But if that $3,000 or so total investment beats others in the $8,000 to $35,000 range, then it's a heck of a great bargain!

TubeBias
April 28, 2013, 08:38 PM
Hi i have no doubt what so ever that a Modwright Oppo BDP-105 must be very very good, but a $2,500.00 mod on a $1,000.00 unit for ME no thank you , maybe if it was my primary source i would think different, but it isn't it is just a backup for my main source if anything should go wrong, for that reason i will leave it just the way it is, it's a great backup for $ 1,000.00 but for $3,500.00 it should be you're main source.

Maybe the investment in the mod would make it your primary.

JJinID
April 28, 2013, 09:54 PM
Hi i have no doubt what so ever that a Modwright Oppo BDP-105 must be very very good, but a $2,500.00 mod on a $1,000.00 unit for ME no thank you , maybe if it was my primary source i would think different, but it isn't it is just a backup for my main source if anything should go wrong, for that reason i will leave it just the way it is, it's a great backup for $ 1,000.00 but for $3,500.00 it should be you're main source.

I'm going to make the same comment I made earlier - have you heard one yet???

Mike
April 28, 2013, 10:07 PM
If I hadn't ripped all my cd's, I would be definitely getting one. Even at $3500 its an insanely good deal. I'm assuming its similar to a modded 95, which I heard and loved.

MrAcoustat
April 28, 2013, 11:34 PM
Maybe the investment in the mod would make it your primary.

That is my intention, but not before i sell my main rig, i cannot afford two expensive units i'm a poor man.:happy:

NorthStar
April 29, 2013, 12:50 AM
Old Age Security Pension (OASP) cheque?

MrAcoustat
April 29, 2013, 01:33 AM
Old Age Security Pension (OASP) cheque?

Yes Bob you're right, ( OASP ) paid for my Oppo BDP-105 STOCK $1,000.00 universal cd player but the sale of my Chord One will pay for my Modwright mod unit, good things come to the ones that wait.:)

NorthStar
April 29, 2013, 01:42 AM
By the way Andre, the stock 105 is $1,200 and not $1,000 (which the 95 was). ...These are small peanut prices for such great Universal players.

TubeBias
May 12, 2013, 01:14 PM
New modded 105 should be here this week.
I'm itching to hear this thing!!!

joeinid
May 12, 2013, 01:49 PM
New modded 105 should be here this week.
I'm itching to hear this thing!!!

Congratulations!

You will love it. Dan makes great mods.

JJinID
May 16, 2013, 10:30 AM
FYI...for those of you on the fence with considering this modification - from Dan Wright:

Effective June 1, 2013.
Oppo BDP-105 Tube mod price increase = $2495 (Mod only).
Current Price = $2300 (Mod only).

Orders taken PRIOR TO JUNE 1, will quality for current price.

Due to the increasing cost of silver wire as well as raw materials cost across the board, our cost for MWI custom capacitors and all high-grade components used in the mod have skyrocketed. In order to be able to keep on offering this mod, we have to increase our price for this mod, effective June 1, 2013.

If you are considering having your unit modified, please contact us right away! You will quality for existing pricing, as long as the order is received prior to June 1.

Thank you,

Dan Wright
President, ModWright Instruments Inc.
360.247.6688

TubeBias
May 16, 2013, 12:21 PM
Nice.Got in just under the wire!

NorthStar
May 16, 2013, 03:13 PM
The year 2013 is the year in which audio gear cost more, and the stock market hits record highs.

But in countries like Bangladesh, things aren't going that well....

TubeBias
May 21, 2013, 04:06 PM
The Eagle has landed!
Got my modded 105 today.
Will set up tonite and begin burn-in.
I'm so excited i can barely reach the keyboard!:woot::woot::woot::exciting::exciting::ex citing:

joeinid
May 21, 2013, 04:07 PM
Congratulations!

Have fun!

Dewster
May 21, 2013, 04:18 PM
Woot Woot!!! :woot:

Mike
May 21, 2013, 04:25 PM
The Eagle has landed!
Got my modded 105 today.
Will set up tonite and begin burn-in.
I'm so excited i can barely reach the keyboard!:woot::woot::woot::exciting::exciting::ex citing:

Oh man! I was just looking at the modded 105. I can't wait to hear your impressions.

joeinid
May 21, 2013, 04:30 PM
Oh man! I was just looking at the modded 105. I can't wait to hear your impressions.

I am sure it's better than my ModWright Sony 5400 plus it has digital inputs. Awesome!

TubeBias
May 21, 2013, 05:29 PM
I will give a listen once set up but i am thinking it needs to run for days before critical listening.
Thoughts?
500 hrs? 300?

JJinID
May 21, 2013, 05:52 PM
The Eagle has landed!
Got my modded 105 today.
Will set up tonite and begin burn-in.
I'm so excited i can barely reach the keyboard!:woot::woot::woot::exciting::exciting::ex citing:


I will give a listen once set up but i am thinking it needs to run for days before critical listening.
Thoughts?
500 hrs? 300?

Just saw this - very excited for you! Mine didn't completely settle down and smooth out until ~150 hours.

I look forward to hearing your initial and long term impressions! :D

ajayrav
May 21, 2013, 06:17 PM
Just saw this - very excited for you! Mine didn't completely settle down and smooth out completely until ~150 hours.

I look forward to hearing your initial and long term impressions! :D

I look forward to the same. My Oppo will arrive after the Newport Beach show (I let Dan use it as a demo model for a price break). The upside...it will arrive completely broken in. I also opted for Bybee rails for the stereo output. Excited about putting it into my rig. In all honesty, the unmodded Oppo didn't wow me; I felt it was a bit clinical and 2-dimensional and the bass was a bit too prominent for my liking. My Bolder modded Eastern Electric DAC walked all over the stock Oppo with standard rez streamed music (ART modded Squeezebox duet with linear power supply). I'm sure tubes are just what the doctor ordered, so I'm confident that the mod will be a big improvement! I'm using a PrimaLuna Dialogue integrated for amplification.

chumlie
May 21, 2013, 06:20 PM
I am sure it's better than my ModWright Sony 5400 plus it has digital inputs. Awesome!
Do tell. Would like an opinion between the two. PLEASE !!!

joeinid
May 21, 2013, 06:29 PM
Do tell. Would like an opinion between the two. PLEASE !!!

I have the Modwright 5400 and love it. I just wish it had digital inputs. The Sony design prevented Dan from implementing them. The Oppo 105 with mod has digital inputs that are fully functional. I would love to hear it.

TubeBias
May 22, 2013, 04:02 PM
OK i got this bad boy up and running last night and here are a few thoughts.
I listened to David Gilmour Live in Gdansk Disc 2 since i have listened to it dozens and dozens of times.
The first thing i noticed was the pitch black background.As if the equipment wasn't even powered up.
Incredible detail jumps out at you as well.Obviously it needs to burn in but when you listen to a new piece,part,tweak etc and you are hearing things you NEVER heard before from the disc you know you have positive results.I was hearing a few details and nuances of the songs i didn't realize were there.Vocals were amazing and i could hear the strain of Gilmour's voice during a few notes i had never heard before.
The soundstage was a hair wider but the depth was much more noticeable.I expect it will open up wider with time.
Bass was much more pronounced and a hair tighter but needs time.
High end was silky smooth on some details that i now realize had a hint of harshness to them.I also did a quick A/B with live Allmans cut of Trouble No More and The High Cost of Low Living from 2011 this morning that has Derek Trucks tearing up the slide guitar.What i knew could be a few "piercing" notes were now smooth and silky.
Vocals were very defined and natural so any improvements on that is a bonus.
I'd say the mids need the most work which is no surprise but during Echoes when Gilmour and Wright go back and forth between guitar and keys was special.Again hearing little things never heard in the past.
Tonight a few SACD A/B's i think will be on the menu.As of now i have 19 hours of run time.Not much listening though.
For those wondering i am running a Joule Electra L150MKII pre and Rogue Audio Zeus amp.MIT S3.3 shotgun IC's and speaker cables all around and either Polk 3.1TL's or 2.3TL's.Both with crossover upgrades.
More later....

jwhite613
May 22, 2013, 04:08 PM
ajayrav... Hello & Welcome to AudioShark!!!

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff172/CatweaselOne/Say%20What/WelcomeSmilies.gif

NorthStar
May 22, 2013, 05:27 PM
Yeah, what he just said ^ :)

ajayrav
May 22, 2013, 08:29 PM
Thanks for the welcome you guys!!!! :)

JJinID
May 23, 2013, 11:14 PM
ajayrav... Hello & Welcome to AudioShark!!!

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff172/CatweaselOne/Say%20What/WelcomeSmilies.gif

+1 - welcome ajayrav!

I'm excited for you also and I know you will be impressed when you receive your ModWright Oppo 105 after the Newport show! I'm not surprised at all that your Bolder modified EE DAC is better than the stock 105. I have a Bolder modified Squeezebox Touch and the analog output from that was very comparable to the stock Oppo. My SB Touch has both digital and analog mods and I'm now running it via digital coax output to my MW Oppo 105 and it is a fantastic combination. I will look forward to your impressions and comparisons!

ajayrav
May 24, 2013, 12:41 PM
+1 - welcome ajayrav!

I'm excited for you also and I know you will be impressed when you receive your ModWright Oppo 105 after the Newport show! I'm not surprised at all that your Bolder modified EE DAC is better than the stock 105. I have a Bolder modified Squeezebox Touch and the analog output from that was very comparable to the stock Oppo. My SB Touch has both digital and analog mods and I'm now running it via digital coax output to my MW Oppo 105 and it is a fantastic combination. I will look forward to your impressions and comparisons!

Thanks, JJinID. That is exactly how I plan to use my setup. A Bolder-modded Touch to the MW Oppo 105; at least until Oppo releases its media app. I'm curious as to what you felt the improvements were when you upgraded from the Bolder Touch analog out to the digital outs via the MW BDP-105.... Also, what are the differences between the stock and modded Oppo, in your opinion?

JJinID
May 27, 2013, 07:31 PM
Thanks, JJinID. That is exactly how I plan to use my setup. A Bolder-modded Touch to the MW Oppo 105; at least until Oppo releases its media app. I'm curious as to what you felt the improvements were when you upgraded from the Bolder Touch analog out to the digital outs via the MW BDP-105.... Also, what are the differences between the stock and modded Oppo, in your opinion?

I just noticed your questions ajayrav. My modified SB Touch is decent in terms of analog out - think of close to a $1k CD player. The upgraded power supply I have from Bolder makes a BIG difference in terms of the analog output as well, especially in terms of scale, weight, and dynamics. Not as detailed as the stock Oppo, but very close and very musical and enjoyable. However, the digital out from the Touch into the modified 105 really is night and day. The speakers literally disappear, and the placing of instruments and singers in the soundstage is much more precise with greater depth. Much more detail even over the stock Oppo, more dynamic, and better at both ends of the frequency range.

It really is a shame that the SB Touch is no longer being manufactured, and also that Bolder Cables is no longer running strong from a business standpoint. I feel very, very fortunate to have been a customer of Wayne and to have had him work on my SB3 and SB Touch. I couldn't be happier with my digital source components in my system right now! :happy:

Twisted
May 27, 2013, 08:27 PM
OK i got this bad boy up and running last night and here are a few thoughts.
I listened to David Gilmour Live in Gdansk Disc 2 since i have listened to it dozens and dozens of times.
The first thing i noticed was the pitch black background.As if the equipment wasn't even powered up.
Incredible detail jumps out at you as well.Obviously it needs to burn in but when you listen to a new piece,part,tweak etc and you are hearing things you NEVER heard before from the disc you know you have positive results.I was hearing a few details and nuances of the songs i didn't realize were there.Vocals were amazing and i could hear the strain of Gilmour's voice during a few notes i had never heard before.
The soundstage was a hair wider but the depth was much more noticeable.I expect it will open up wider with time.
Bass was much more pronounced and a hair tighter but needs time.
High end was silky smooth on some details that i now realize had a hint of harshness to them.I also did a quick A/B with live Allmans cut of Trouble No More and The High Cost of Low Living from 2011 this morning that has Derek Trucks tearing up the slide guitar.What i knew could be a few "piercing" notes were now smooth and silky.
Vocals were very defined and natural so any improvements on that is a bonus.
I'd say the mids need the most work which is no surprise but during Echoes when Gilmour and Wright go back and forth between guitar and keys was special.Again hearing little things never heard in the past.
Tonight a few SACD A/B's i think will be on the menu.As of now i have 19 hours of run time.Not much listening though.
For those wondering i am running a Joule Electra L150MKII pre and Rogue Audio Zeus amp.MIT S3.3 shotgun IC's and speaker cables all around and either Polk 3.1TL's or 2.3TL's.Both with crossover upgrades.
More later....

Nice, sounds like thats going to upgrade the whole system with some break in.
So does that mean the M1 is up for sale?

Have I told you how "buff" you have been looking lately Mike?:D
Been working out?
Shoot me a price on the M1 first?:flowers::lovesme:

ajayrav
May 27, 2013, 09:05 PM
I just noticed your questions ajayrav. My modified SB Touch is decent in terms of analog out - think of close to a $1k CD player. The upgraded power supply I have from Bolder makes a BIG difference in terms of the analog output as well, especially in terms of scale, weight, and dynamics. Not as detailed as the stock Oppo, but very close and very musical and enjoyable. However, the digital out from the Touch into the modified 105 really is night and day. The speakers literally disappear, and the placing of instruments and singers in the soundstage is much more precise with greater depth. Much more detail even over the stock Oppo, more dynamic, and better at both ends of the frequency range.

It really is a shame that the SB Touch is no longer being manufactured, and also that Bolder Cables is no longer running strong from a business standpoint. I feel very, very fortunate to have been a customer of Wayne and to have had him work on my SB3 and SB Touch. I couldn't be happier with my digital source components in my system right now! :happy:

Thanks for that. I'm very excited about getting my modded 105. And yes, Wayne's mods are awesome. I have his digital mod on my Touch and also have one of his supplies with the Nitro umbilical (not the deluxe one, unfortunately). My Bolder modded MiniMax DAC is really very good, with amazing depth and imaging. I'm hoping the Modwright will surpass that. A little over a week and my Modwright Oppo will be in my grubby hands! And it will be broken in already... Life will be good! More later....

JJinID
June 14, 2013, 05:54 PM
Courtesy of Dan Wright - originally posted at his Audio Circle subforum:

In all of my years in audio I have and never written about any of the myriad of products that I have used. As one can imagine, I have used more products than almost any individual will see or use in his or her lifetime. As is well known, over the years I have very much favored Audio Research products and used many of them over the years. For the first time, I am compelled to write about a product that is so extraordinary it has completely allowed me in a wonderful way, to enjoy music as never before. I've always prided myself, and lucky enough, to have experienced some of the greatest and most expensive audio products ever made. Some of my own products luckily have fell into that category.

The product that I am writing about, and obviously extraordinarily crazy about is the Oppo 95/105 with the complete Modwrights vacuum tube modifications. The Oppo without the modifications is a wonderful device on its own and given class A designations in the midst of many other far more expensive players. Many people I know use the Oppo as it comes from the factory in their systems and are delighted with the results. Before sending the Oppo 95 to Modwright, I spent several weeks breaking in the device and listening carefully. I found the device to be very musical with great articulation, excellent imaging and very satisfying. Having had several Modwright player modifications in the past, I knew what a great difference they would make.

After receiving the modified Oppo with all of the important Modwright magic including the double 6sn7 vacuum tube modifications of the analog section, and also, the complete three vacuum tube power supply, I had one more thing to do which was taking Dan Wrights suggestion of using the Sophia 6sn7s and a new old stock Mullard rectifier. I then took my first listen to this device and this is where all my words will not be sufficient to really properly describe the sound that issued forth.

All of us have heard the descriptive words like resolution, articulation, huge sound field, and slam. None of these appellations can adequately describe the sound of this device. One of the ways that I would choose to describe this device over all the other DACs, players, and transports that I have heard, would be that the Modwright Oppo is the only one that really lets the emotion of the music and the players of the music really be heard in a way that is closer to the live experience than I have ever heard before. Sure, the Modwright has all of the above descriptors in spades. It has the most enveloping sound field that I've ever heard and all of the articulation and resolution that one could ask for without making the music edgy. I've heard many DACs and players that have great articulation and resolution but they seem to get it with a little more edginess in their presentation than real music ever has.

In my opinion, the best recordings of classical music has been made over the years by Reference Recordings. Now with this device,at 24/176.4 I can play their sensational H R X recordings and hear them exhibit music closer to the real thing than I have ever heard before. Also, hearing my best SACD recordings also takes the emotional quality of music to a new level.

My final remarks are very simple. If you want to hear music in all its glory I would implore you to rush out and get this Modwright Oppo,you will never be sorry.
Arnie Nudell

NorthStar
June 15, 2013, 12:07 AM
How cool is that! :cool:

ajayrav
June 17, 2013, 06:08 PM
Wow, that is high praise indeed! All I can say is I've received my modded 105 and I am very impressed so far. And that is with the stock tubes.... Itching to try the Sophias....

ajayrav
June 17, 2013, 08:59 PM
Just a little bit more to add....

To me the difference between the modded and the unmodded BDP-105 is huge. I'll admit it, I was less than wowed by the stock BDP-105. Sure, it was a great blu ray player and good SACD spinner, but for regular 44.1 FLAC files, my Analog Research Technology modified squeezebox Duet feeding my Bolder modded Eastern Electric Minimax DAC trounced the Oppo... decisively! FLAC files fed to the coaxial input were 2 dimensional, at best. In contrast, when fed through the EE DAC, the soundstage widened and had significantly more depth. I'd heard all the rave reviews for the Modwright mods, but had major issues paying 2X the cost of the player on a mod. Yes, every one who got one, seemed to rave about it... and the Modwright Oppos were being used as demo sources by a number of companies at audio shows. So I decided to take the plunge...
As of now, I've only listened to standard rez FLAC files via my Bolder modded Squeezebox Touch and ART modded squeezebox duet. They are both spectacular and significantly better my modded EE DAC. The sound is balanced, individual instruments are discernable, but yet a part of the whole without over-emphasis on any part of the spectrum. The soundstage is more 3D, even more than the EE DAC, which is not at all shabby in this regard. The background is inky black and the air between the instruments and notes is clearly evident. And we haven't even touched upon hi-rez yet.


At this point, I guess the word 'Wow' about sums it up. Is the mod worth its not-insubstantial cost, in my opinion? Personally, I think it is chump change for the performance it provides. I'm certainly a convert!


More after I spin hi rez. For those who are wondering, my amp is a Primaluna dialogue One with winged SED EL34's, speakers are ACI Sapphire XLs, speaker wires are Reality cables, power cables are Shunyata Venom and ICs and coaxial cables are WyWires.


I'm now salivating at the prospect of tube-rolling in the Modwright Oppo..... and that is how a monster is created :-)

NorthStar
June 17, 2013, 09:06 PM
Would love to see a comparison between the ModWright tubed BDP-105 (with best tube-rolling), and of course with the separate upgraded power supply, and the Esoteric K-03, and even the K-01.
...I have an idea ....

JJinID
June 18, 2013, 12:17 AM
Wow, that is high praise indeed! All I can say is I've received my modded 105 and I am very impressed so far. And that is with the stock tubes.... Itching to try the Sophias....


Just a little bit more to add....

To me the difference between the modded and the unmodded BDP-105 is huge. I'll admit it, I was less than wowed by the stock BDP-105. Sure, it was a great blu ray player and good SACD spinner, but for regular 44.1 FLAC files, my Analog Research Technology modified squeezebox Duet feeding my Bolder modded Eastern Electric Minimax DAC trounced the Oppo... decisively! FLAC files fed to the coaxial input were 2 dimensional, at best. In contrast, when fed through the EE DAC, the soundstage widened and had significantly more depth. I'd heard all the rave reviews for the Modwright mods, but had major issues paying 2X the cost of the player on a mod. Yes, every one who got one, seemed to rave about it... and the Modwright Oppos were being used as demo sources by a number of companies at audio shows. So I decided to take the plunge...
As of now, I've only listened to standard rez FLAC files via my Bolder modded Squeezebox Touch and ART modded squeezebox duet. They are both spectacular and significantly better my modded EE DAC. The sound is balanced, individual instruments are discernable, but yet a part of the whole without over-emphasis on any part of the spectrum. The soundstage is more 3D, even more than the EE DAC, which is not at all shabby in this regard. The background is inky black and the air between the instruments and notes is clearly evident. And we haven't even touched upon hi-rez yet.


At this point, I guess the word 'Wow' about sums it up. Is the mod worth its not-insubstantial cost, in my opinion? Personally, I think it is chump change for the performance it provides. I'm certainly a convert!


More after I spin hi rez. For those who are wondering, my amp is a Primaluna dialogue One with winged SED EL34's, speakers are ACI Sapphire XLs, speaker wires are Reality cables, power cables are Shunyata Venom and ICs and coaxial cables are WyWires.


I'm now salivating at the prospect of tube-rolling in the Modwright Oppo..... and that is how a monster is created :-)

Thanks for the updates Ajay! Yet another convert - I love it!! ;)

I believe you are going to be even more impressed once you get the Sophia 6SN7s swapped in! I had the comparison experience between the two with my MW 95, so I knew what to expect, and I was going to break in my 105 with the stock tubes. However, I couldn't stand it for long and had to try out the 105 with the upgraded tubes. Let's just say that the stock tubes have stayed in their boxes since then...

ajayrav
June 18, 2013, 01:33 PM
Just wondering how much clearance I need if I want to use the Sophia Electric 6SN7 tubes. I have about 3.75 inches above the unit for the tubes and am wondering if that would be enough. Ideally, I would like the tubes to jut out no more than 3 inches from the top surface. Also would changing these have the largest impact on sound? What about the rectifier tube in the power supply? What improvements would replacing those with Mullards bring?

Thanks,
Ajay

Dpod4
June 18, 2013, 01:41 PM
Here's a vote for Sophia 6sn7 tubes in ModWright design. They work wonders in my ModWright Sony xa5400es

JJinID
June 20, 2013, 01:33 AM
Just wondering how much clearance I need if I want to use the Sophia Electric 6SN7 tubes. I have about 3.75 inches above the unit for the tubes and am wondering if that would be enough. Ideally, I would like the tubes to jut out no more than 3 inches from the top surface. Also would changing these have the largest impact on sound? What about the rectifier tube in the power supply? What improvements would replacing those with Mullards bring?

Thanks,
Ajay

The Sophias stick up just a hair under 2.75 inches from the base of the top of the unit, so you should have just about 1" of clearance.

My opinion is that replacing the stock 6SN7s makes the bigger difference than the rectifier did from what I was able to notice. The NOS Mullard adds some depth, texture, and body to the sound, and does make a definite improvement. I noticed that the Sophias added increased clarity, resolution, extension, and balance to the sound with better dynamics and soundstage. A definite improvement that those still running the stock tubes will notice immediately!

JJinID
June 20, 2013, 01:35 AM
Here's a vote for Sophia 6sn7 tubes in ModWright design. They work wonders in my ModWright Sony xa5400es

I have no doubt that are as equally tremendous in the Sony, Darrin! I am wondering if Joe has gotten around to replacing the stock tubes in his ModWright 5400ES...

Dpod4
June 20, 2013, 01:37 AM
Right on and i replaced the rectifier in the power supply with Create tube, and upgraded fuses. 5400 is close to vinyl now.

JJinID
June 20, 2013, 01:40 AM
Right on and i replaced the rectifier in the power supply with Create tube, and upgraded fuses. 5400 is close to vinyl now.

Do you have a source/seller for the Create rectifier tube? I tried locating one earlier and could not find a seller with them in stock. I'd love to try one out based on your recommendation!

Dpod4
June 20, 2013, 01:43 AM
Yes there is a seller on audiogon - u can due a search for "create" - if that doesn't work let me know and I will hunt thru my records. Also eBay has them straight from Asia even cheaper

ajayrav
June 20, 2013, 12:58 PM
Thanks JJinID. My Sophias are on order from Galen Carrol :-) Where dd you get your nos Mullard rectifier from and how expensive were they? I guess I might as well go for the whole hog...

Dang! Upgradeitis never ends....

On another note, the newest Modwright ad in The absolute Sound shows the 105 with Treasure Cv181 tubes...

JJinID
June 25, 2013, 12:45 AM
Thanks JJinID. My Sophias are on order from Galen Carrol :-) Where dd you get your nos Mullard rectifier from and how expensive were they? I guess I might as well go for the whole hog...

Dang! Upgradeitis never ends....

On another note, the newest Modwright ad in The absolute Sound shows the 105 with Treasure Cv181 tubes...

Hi Ajay,

I had Dan Wright find my NOS Mullard 5AR4 for me when I did my order. I'm pretty sure he found them on eBay. I've never had tubes in my system prior to my ModWright gear, so I asked for and gladly received Dan's recommendations and assistance with the upgraded tubes!

I am aware of the Black Treasure/Psvane CV181s and I will likely try them out at some point, but Dan recommended the Sophias and I'm very pleased with them. My MW 105 sounds phenomenal and I have a hard time breaking away from listening to my system now that it has fully broken in! :audiophile:

JJinID
June 25, 2013, 12:46 AM
Yes there is a seller on audiogon - u can due a search for "create" - if that doesn't work let me know and I will hunt thru my records. Also eBay has them straight from Asia even cheaper

Darrin - I wasn't able to find anything currently on audiogon with the Create rectifier being available. Let me know if you are aware of another source - PM me on this if you would like. Thanks!

Dpod4
June 25, 2013, 01:08 AM
Darrin - I wasn't able to find anything currently on audiogon with the Create rectifier being available. Let me know if you are aware of another source - PM me on this if you would like. Thanks!

Hi. Audiogon username "Fork" ....JaguarAudioDesign.com

JJinID
June 25, 2013, 01:15 AM
Hi. Audiogon username "Fork" ....JaguarAudioDesign.com

Got it - thanks!

ajayrav
June 25, 2013, 12:02 PM
Have any of you guys tried the headphone output of the Oppo? I know Dan does not alter the headphone out in any way. In my unit with higher impedance headphones (AKG K-601; 120 ohms), I hear a definite low level hiss. Also, as the player initializes for CD/ SACD playback I can hear low level crackling through the headphones. The hiss is constant and does not change with volume. With lower impedance headphones (Audio Technica ATH-AD900x) the hiss and crackling are unbearable. Many have alluded to the headphone outs of the Oppo being marginal at best, but I'm not sure if there is a problem with my headphone out. I guess my Oppo warranty is voided since I've had the unit modded. That being said, the sound via speakers is awesome!

JJinID
June 25, 2013, 12:22 PM
Have any of you guys tried the headphone output of the Oppo? I know Dan does not alter the headphone out in any way. In my unit with higher impedance headphones (AKG K-601; 120 ohms), I hear a definite low level hiss. Also, as the player initializes for CD/ SACD playback I can hear low level crackling through the headphones. The hiss is constant and does not change with volume. With lower impedance headphones (Audio Technica ATH-AD900x) the hiss and crackling are unbearable. Many have alluded to the headphone outs of the Oppo being marginal at best, but I'm not sure if there is a problem with my headphone out. I guess my Oppo warranty is voided since I've had the unit modded. That being said, the sound via speakers is awesome!

I have not tried the headphone out on mine - I have used the LS100 headphone out which sounds fantastic! I will check on mine when I get home from work tonight and let you know.

ajayrav
June 25, 2013, 02:44 PM
I have not tried the headphone out on mine - I have used the LS100 headphone out which sounds fantastic! I will check on mine when I get home from work tonight and let you know.

Great. Looking forward to it....

JJinID
June 25, 2013, 07:53 PM
Great. Looking forward to it....

OK, I plugged in my AKG K550s as soon as I got home - dead silent via the Oppo 105 headphone out. It's actually more quiet than the LS100 is, although the LS100 headphone out definitely does sound better!

I'm betting that the headphone out might have had an issue prior to the mod being done. You might contact ModWright and see if they have any suggestions or recommendations, and if they are willing to take a look at it for you if it is worth you shipping it to them.

ajayrav
June 25, 2013, 09:16 PM
Thanks for that, JJinID. There clearly is an issue with my headphone out, likely some sort of electrical interference. I guess I'll have to chat with Dan and see how to proceed. I really don't want to send the unit back...I've only just gotten it! Oppo is local to me in the Bay Area, but they probably wouldn't look at it... Will keep you posted...

Jamshed
September 2, 2013, 07:18 AM
Hi guys I am new here .
just got question for JJinID
I have oppo95 with tube modification and I listen through my hard disc drive.
The esata connection sounds better than USB connection.My question is oppo 105 doesn't have esata connection so it misses out ,so that means for digital music oppo 95 mod should be better than oppo105 mod
I think!Need your impression.I asked this question to Dan but he said he doesn't have much comparison with esata and USB connection .
i have done comparison on my modified oppo 95 and esata is better.please advise what would be the best way to play my downloaded (video-you tube ) and high res files in oppo 105 as I am thinking of replacing 95 with oppo 105.
thanks.

joeinid
September 2, 2013, 08:24 AM
Welcome to the forum Jamshed!

Mike
September 2, 2013, 08:29 AM
Hi guys I am new here .
just got question for JJinID
I have oppo95 with tube modification and I listen through my hard disc drive.
The esata connection sounds better than USB connection.My question is oppo 105 doesn't have esata connection so it misses out ,so that means for digital music oppo 95 mod should be better than oppo105 mod
I think!Need your impression.I asked this question to Dan but he said he doesn't have much comparison with esata and USB connection .
i have done comparison on my modified oppo 95 and esata is better.please advise what would be the best way to play my downloaded (video-you tube ) and high res files in oppo 105 as I am thinking of replacing 95 with oppo 105.
thanks.

My two cents (and I own both the 95 and 105) - either get both or stick with the 95. Is there a reason for the switch?

Jamshed
September 2, 2013, 05:03 PM
Thanks
the reason for changing from oppo 95 to oppo 105 is just to improve upon sound .Bit dry and not as much contolled Punch in mid bass.!!!I haven't tried many sources out there and my oppo 95 very very very practical as I get to hear all digital music and my videos which I download from YouTube.
i don't know if I can improve upon the sound
may be
1-changing the source(keeping the practicality and price point of modified oppo95 in mind)
2-Changing my Pre which is Anthem AvR Mrx 700(tried bryston sp26---no luck,not clear,too much bass and boomy
3-tried connecting oppo95 directly to power amp bryston14bsst2(very very clean sound very well controlled but no dimension ,flat ,sound stage got small .
4.thinking of try Pre ARC 27!
5.Today a acoustic professional is coming to asses my room.
6.thinking of changing bryston 14sst2 to pass lab 305.5!
i can only make one move at this point of time because of my financial condition can't afford to loose too much money experimenting.
thanks guys .

Mike
September 2, 2013, 05:10 PM
Thanks
the reason for changing from oppo 95 to oppo 105 is just to improve upon sound .Bit dry and not as much contolled Punch in mid bass.!!!I haven't tried many sources out there and my oppo 95 very very very practical as I get to hear all digital music and my videos which I download from YouTube.
i don't know if I can improve upon the sound
may be
1-changing the source(keeping the practicality and price point of modified oppo95 in mind)
2-Changing my Pre which is Anthem AvR Mrx 700(tried bryston sp26---no luck,not clear,too much bass and boomy
3-tried connecting oppo95 directly to power amp bryston14bsst2(very very clean sound very well controlled but no dimension ,flat ,sound stage got small .
4.thinking of try Pre ARC 27!
5.Today a acoustic professional is coming to asses my room.
6.thinking of changing bryston 14sst2 to pass lab 305.5!
i can only make one move at this point of time because of my financial condition can't afford to loose too much money experimenting.
thanks guys .

It's not your source or amps IMO. Your preamp will only have some impact on "punch" and mid bass.

What speakers do you have? That's my guess for lacking punch and mid bass.

Jamshed
September 2, 2013, 05:13 PM
Paradigm sig 8.v3

JJinID
September 2, 2013, 05:18 PM
Hi guys I am new here .
just got question for JJinID
I have oppo95 with tube modification and I listen through my hard disc drive.
The esata connection sounds better than USB connection.My question is oppo 105 doesn't have esata connection so it misses out ,so that means for digital music oppo 95 mod should be better than oppo105 mod
I think!Need your impression.I asked this question to Dan but he said he doesn't have much comparison with esata and USB connection .
i have done comparison on my modified oppo 95 and esata is better.please advise what would be the best way to play my downloaded (video-you tube ) and high res files in oppo 105 as I am thinking of replacing 95 with oppo 105.
thanks.

Welcome Jamshed and thanks for the question...

I would recommend keeping your MW Oppo 95 if you are happy with it! I do agree that the eSATA does sound slightly better than USB. What I would suggest for you is to look at upgrading your power supply from the PS 9.0 to the PS 9.9 via the ModWright factory. That will run you $500 to upgrade the power supply, and should get you very, very close to the sound of the MW 105.

I upgraded to the MW 105 because I wanted the digital inputs. The upgrade in sound is noticeable between the two components, which I wrote about earlier in this thread, but the differences are minimized when running the PS 9.9 with the MW 95. The MW 95 is a bit darker and smoother while the 105 is a bit more open and resolved.


Thanks
the reason for changing from oppo 95 to oppo 105 is just to improve upon sound .Bit dry and not as much contolled Punch in mid bass.!!!I haven't tried many sources out there and my oppo 95 very very very practical as I get to hear all digital music and my videos which I download from YouTube.
i don't know if I can improve upon the sound
may be
1-changing the source(keeping the practicality and price point of modified oppo95 in mind)
2-Changing my Pre which is Anthem AvR Mrx 700(tried bryston sp26---no luck,not clear,too much bass and boomy
3-tried connecting oppo95 directly to power amp bryston14bsst2(very very clean sound very well controlled but no dimension ,flat ,sound stage got small .
4.thinking of try Pre ARC 27!
5.Today a acoustic professional is coming to asses my room.
6.thinking of changing bryston 14sst2 to pass lab 305.5!
i can only make one move at this point of time because of my financial condition can't afford to loose too much money experimenting.
thanks guys .

What tubes are you running with your MW 95? Changing out the stock tubes if you haven't already makes a very nice improvement! Another thought for you would be to upgrade your preamp to a ModWright LS100. I can personally attest that it works very well with and positively adds to the sound of the MW 95 and MW 105 players! :happy:

Jamshed
September 2, 2013, 06:02 PM
Thanks JJinID
that helps.
i have upgraded Sophia tubes.
I like open and resolved sound .
if it was not the esata issue I would have gone for oppo105.
with regards to ModWright Pre ,heard lot of good about it but my preference would be to try something in my system first .
So now I am going to look around for dealer in Melbourne to assist with that .
unforunarely its not a very prevailing culture in scene of high end in Melbourne .
thanks.

Subdusted
September 8, 2013, 06:59 PM
I have a MW 95. What are my tube options for 9.0 ? Thanks.

joeinid
September 8, 2013, 07:45 PM
Hi Subdusted,

Welcome to the forum. I hope Jeff sees your question and answers.

Subdusted
September 9, 2013, 08:17 AM
Thanks. And one more question.. NOS Mullard tubes for the 95...what type of tubes are these exactly as there are millions of them. Thanks.

JJinID
September 9, 2013, 11:00 AM
Hi Subdusted - welcome!

If I understand your question, the NOS Mullard tube type are 5AR4/GZ34 varieties. I am not a tube expert at all, so I asked Dan Wright to assist me with finding the correct upgraded tube for the PS 9.0. The other rectifier tube that I have heard good things about is the one from Create Audio (look earlier in this thread) and I will be comparing that one in my system in the near future.

Subdusted
September 9, 2013, 02:17 PM
Hi Subdusted - welcome!

If I understand your question, the NOS Mullard tube type are 5AR4/GZ34 varieties. I am not a tube expert at all, so I asked Dan Wright to assist me with finding the correct upgraded tube for the PS 9.0.

so..that's for the external power supply? How about the tubes on the 95 itself? OK...I think I'll follow your advice and ask Dan...
Thanks.

NorthStar
September 9, 2013, 03:43 PM
If you go to Dan Wright's own website (blog), you'll find out that indeed the PS 9.0 (and 9.1) is the separate Power Supply.
And you can ask Dan directly any question you have regarding tubes and which ones sounds the warmest and most pleasurable to most audiophile customers.
...Or unless Dan is reading this here now.

JJinID
September 9, 2013, 05:13 PM
so..that's for the external power supply? How about the tubes on the 95 itself? OK...I think I'll follow your advice and ask Dan...
Thanks.

Dan recommends the Sophia Electric 6SN7s as upgraded tubes for the 95/105, and I can attest that they are a significant upgrade over the EH tubes that come with the unit.

TommyC
June 22, 2014, 06:30 PM
Calling Modwright OPPO owners. Are you happy with your player? What have you used before?

NorthStar
June 22, 2014, 10:04 PM
Hi Tom, if you're up to it (knowledge expansion), but not exactly what you asked for:
Oppo`s BDP105 - discussions, upgrading, mods... - diyAudio (http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-source/222596-oppo-bdp105-discussions-upgrading-mods.html) ... 97 pages, 966 posts.

BlueMcIntosh
June 22, 2014, 10:18 PM
Calling Modwright OPPO owners. Are you happy with your player? What have you used before?

Brent absolutely loves his :)

NorthStar
June 22, 2014, 10:34 PM
Not only Brent but also a bunch more. ...Ok, not necessarily here, from the AS members.

* Tommy, did you check post #10, from this very thread here? ...And there are other informative posts (with links), within the first five pages or so (very short thread here).

TommyC
June 23, 2014, 12:35 AM
Hi Bob,

I researched everything I could find on the Internet about the Modwright OPPO 105/95/83SE/83 and even the Sony XA5400. I could hardly find any negative feedbacks.

But, I do like to be reassured by members who have had the unit for a while. Many units can sound impressive at first, but it's those special ones that people tend to hold on to.

I also like the fact that I can tailor the sound to my liking via tube rolling.

NorthStar
June 23, 2014, 12:49 AM
Tom, I researched extensively all Oppo players in the past, up to the 103D, 105D, and including the SS and tubed ModWright (premium tubes) and with separate power Supply (PS 9.1). ...The 95 and 105.

I don't think that I ever encountered less than 1% who truly weren't satisfied. And from that 1% they preferred much more expensive players, or ones that only play CDs, or CDs and SACDs, and Stereo only.

The Sony XA5400ES is another great player for the money, and that one too can be ModWrighted. ...But it ain't as versatile as the Oppo BDP-105D, of course. If interested in Sound quality only, and Modwright, it's a tough call between these two players. I myself would be inclined towards the Oppo but I read excellent comments as well from the ES Sony player.

I don't recall too many members here at AudioShark having first hand experience with them both and both ModWright versions; I think zero.

Just sharing what I know. :)

NorthStar
June 23, 2014, 12:57 AM
Are you a Stereo man only Tom? ..Or is multichannel also part of your audio agenda?

Headphone listening?

DAC? Can you use the fantastic features of the 105D, like USB asynchronous DAC, DSD direct (for direct streaming of hi-res audio)? ...Want to experiment with its preamp feature; you can do that too.

...There are few things to calculate here, and each individual calculates according to his own personal use (practical features) in tandem with sound/picture quality, of course.
Where can I go that nobody ever went before? ...

NorthStar
June 23, 2014, 01:21 AM
The higher we go up the audiofilia ladder the more distinctive we become, and personal impressions are even more personal. We build our opinion out of our convictions and experiences, and more or less it's a flexible opinion of our own entourage. And it's only one opinion; there are as many as the number of human beings living on Earth and the number of stars floating in the vast universe of our galaxies.

The best way is to use the electronics ourselves with our own rigs and at home; or if not possible we have to master the balancing art between all comments from the real users. ...An art that comes only with extensive and intelligent reading with the right questions (the room, the gear, ...of the reviewer, the owner). ...And time (experience, years), and trust, and reciprocity, synchronicity.
And there is never an absolute confirmation; it is the exact same with the woman we decided to marry. ...Without knowing all the other women we'll never know with total certitude, and not your friend, not your brother, not your father, no one. ...And better not tell your wife about it.

We make a choice, our own choice, we live with it, for a while, a short while, a much longer while, ...that's life.
Some people are comfortable with it, others are uncertain; that's life too.
Some people stay forever with the same components, others change them on almost a daily basis; some of us are poor, others in the middle, and some are rich, but we all have the same passion, music, sweet music that speaks to our soul. ...And in all ways possible and impossible. It's like a hard drug, heroin. ...And control. ...That balancing act in any addiction, in how far we want to go, and for how long. ...When to stop, and start enjoying the nice bouquet from the flowers. ...

Audio without people (all kind of people) is empty. ...It's the people, us, who decide where on our fridge we put that sticker (higher up, in the middle, on the side, in front, ...). ...And how long it takes till we replace those older stickers with newer ones. And during all that time we feel good because it's us and only us who decided to affix those stickers on our fridge; family pictures, magnets in shape of fruits, heroes, reminders, phone numbers, ...

Just one opinion, mine, among millions.

* The Oppo BDP-105D is a reference blu-ray player of exceptional value. The ModWright version was created to sound even better, like custom made sound for the music lovers. The tube version you can go for the top premium tubes, and according to many people that's the best sound from that player.
Jim, a person I made acquaintance with on another audio forum, said that he got rid of two players; one retailing for $18,000 (Wadia) and the other for $32,000 (Burmester), because he prefers the sound of the 105 tubed ModWright higher version with the premium tubes and the separate power supply, the PS 9.1 (about $4,500 all together if I recall, you can check ModWright's own website). ...That link (2nd one) is on post #10 as I enumerated just above.
But Jim is only one person; you have to make a fair assessment from many more people. And my own assessment at that time was something solid, only from several readings by owners. And I have no real experience with all the great music players out there, from this last year and this one.
I only have the 103, because I use the digital connection (HDMI) for both sound and picture. And I'm poor.

Who knows next year...; I'm in no rush to get there, I learned to be happy in the moment.
If we would spend more time to enjoy the present, we would be less inclined to pursue tomorrow.
After all it's the music, the emotional impact that counts; so yeah, give it a try, do a test drive with an Oppo 105 from ModWright. :) ...We should all be free of testing the car that we are attracted by, without committing, before signing a contract. Check if that's possible with the ModWright Oppo 105. ...I bet you already did.

TommyC
June 23, 2014, 01:54 AM
Bob, thank you for your thoughtful input. I'm a 2-channel guy. I do enjoy concerts dvds/blu-rays and movies.

I've been searching for a dac for a while now. I did considered some 5-figure DAC/CD player to pair with a blu-ray transport. But, spdif limits blu-ray output to 48khz. That would be a waste for some beautifully sounding concert blu-rays. Hence I'm considering the Modwright OPPO.

I'm into musicality. I don't care for accuracy, resolution, or pinpoint imaging if I can't enjoy my music. I want to listen to all my CD collections, not just the audiophile ones.

I've used several digital sources including the Marantz SA8260, McIntosh MVP871, OPPO BDP95, Marantz UD9004.

As you said, at this level, there's no best, only what sounds best to you. It's all about personal preference.

CPP
June 23, 2014, 08:01 AM
There is a lot of info from Modwright himself at Audiocircle ModWright Instruments (MWI) (http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?board=14.0)

From the people I know that have any of Dan Wrights equipment it works, its works great and sound great and he really stands behind his work.

JJinID
June 23, 2014, 01:15 PM
Calling Modwright OPPO owners. Are you happy with your player? What have you used before?

Tom - I'm still just as thrilled with mine as I was when I first received it last April 2013 - over a year ago. It's hard to believe it's been that long already! I still feel that it is the strongest link in my system and I've enjoyed it more than any other source component I've owned. I honestly have no desire to upgrade it to anything else, even if I had the $$ to do so.

NorthStar
June 23, 2014, 01:42 PM
There is a lot of info from Modwright himself at Audiocircle ModWright Instruments (MWI) (http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?board=14.0)

From the people I know that have any of Dan Wrights equipment it works, its works great and sound great and he really stands behind his work.

That's another great link Chris, with several threads and players from ModWright; I forgot that one. It's because I don't frequent anymore...

CPP
June 23, 2014, 02:28 PM
That's another great link Chris, with several threads and players from ModWright; I forgot that one. It's because I don't frequent anymore...

Its got some interesting takes on things Bob, and I like to keep abreast of Vapor audio, AVA, Redwine and Modwright.

NorthStar
June 23, 2014, 02:39 PM
Its got some interesting takes on things Bob, and I like to keep abreast of Vapor audio, AVA, Redwine and Modwright.

I would like to see some of them compared with other players from the caliber of the Trinity DAC and transport.

By the way Chris, you have both the 105 and the 5400; they aren't ModWrighted?
And which one are you using the most for music stereo CDs and SACDs?

If you had to keep only one, which one? :)

TommyC
June 24, 2014, 12:20 AM
There is a lot of info from Modwright himself at Audiocircle ModWright Instruments (MWI) (http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?board=14.0)

From the people I know that have any of Dan Wrights equipment it works, its works great and sound great and he really stands behind his work.

Thanks Chris. I frequent AC many times a day. Read everything on ModWright on that forum.

bikeman71
June 24, 2014, 12:43 AM
As mentioned above, I absolutely love my MW oppo 105d. It bests my McIntosh mvp881 by a fair margin. I have psvane treasure II tubes in the player and an emission labs rectifier tube in the power supply...a fantastic combination.


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TommyC
June 24, 2014, 01:32 AM
Thanks for the feedbacks guys. I'm close on pulling the trigger on Dan's demo 105D with Bybee rails and Pulse Gen ZX.

I understand the external power supply responds well to high end power cord. What about the power cord for the player? Since the onboard PS is responsible for the transport and main processing board, it should also benefit from a high quality power cord right?

bikeman71
June 24, 2014, 01:48 AM
I've never compared with stock but the wireworld silver going to the player and the external power supply sounds great.


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Rtan
July 6, 2014, 09:39 AM
This oppo fever is making me loose my sleep. After reading a lot of happy customers, I finally ordered one, 105d with all the extras. But won't be arriving until late this July. I'm going to need more Ativan to calm me down and sleep good at night. Can't stop thinking about it.

Jeff...I will follow your tube rolling experience. Never own a tube gear before. Excited to try one.

Shopping for a tube preamp too.

rbbert
July 6, 2014, 11:47 AM
IME (2 units) they often ship sooner than their original estimate.

Rtan
July 6, 2014, 12:29 PM
IME (2 units) they often ship sooner than their original estimate.

That would be nice. It would be my first introduction to tube gear. Let see if I agree with all the happy owners here. :rolleyes:

TommyC
July 6, 2014, 02:08 PM
Mine ships July 21.

JJinID
July 6, 2014, 03:01 PM
This oppo fever is making me loose my sleep. After reading a lot of happy customers, I finally ordered one, 105d with all the extras. But won't be arriving until late this July. I'm going to need more Ativan to calm me down and sleep good at night. Can't stop thinking about it.

Jeff...I will follow your tube rolling experience. Never own a tube gear before. Excited to try one.

Shopping for a tube preamp too.

Congratulations Ron! I look forward to hearing your impressions. I had never owned tube gear either until I purchased the ModWright Oppo 95, and now 105. I love the sound that having tubes has imparted on my system, and I don't ever see myself going back. Solid state amps with tube preamp is a great way to go!

Rtan
July 6, 2014, 04:06 PM
Mine ships July 21.

July 28 for mine.

Rtan
July 6, 2014, 04:13 PM
Congratulations Ron! I look forward to hearing your impressions. I had never owned tube gear either until I purchased the ModWright Oppo 95, and now 105. I love the sound that having tubes has imparted on my system, and I don't ever see myself going back. Solid state amps with tube preamp is a great way to go!

Thank you Jeff...I have procrastinated for so long, I'm glad, I finally pull the trigger. Good to hear that you are loving your mod 105d. I see you also got their pre amp/ls100. How your eval so far?

JJinID
July 6, 2014, 06:06 PM
Thank you Jeff...I have procrastinated for so long, I'm glad, I finally pull the trigger. Good to hear that you are loving your mod 105d. I see you also got their pre amp/ls100. How your eval so far?

I really like the ModWright LS100 preamp. Same tube compliment as the MW 95/105. I have the optional phono preamp module which uses 12AX7 and 12AU7 tubes, and honestly is a killer phono stage for the added $$ if you are interested in spinning records. You can choose it or an optional modular DAC which is also very nice sounding and just about equal to the MW95 when I heard them together. I love the sound - very full bodied, dynamic, extended, with a very seductive midrange. It is a single ended design and not fully balanced, which is something I'm considering for a longer term preamp as I have a long (30') run of balanced cables from preamp to amps. There are a couple of other minor changes that I'd like to see with it that I'm hoping Dan Wright will incorporate into his next design. From a sound perspective overall I would rate it much better than a McIntosh C2300 for example which I have heard on several occasions. If you can get a hold of one Ron I highly recommend an audition.

Rtan
July 7, 2014, 01:16 AM
Jeff... I'm not ready to spin tables but it may happen in the near future. My listening with solid state gears has reached plateau. Thus exploring tube gears. I'm taking the baby step here.

I have no experience with tube preamp at least in my room. I demoed few high end tube preamp at my local dealer (in the 20k range) which I really like but wanted to stay at 10k for my first tube preamp. I may try your direction with MW but let see what happens next after my MW Oppo arrives.

TommyC
July 21, 2014, 07:04 PM
My Modwright OPPO 105D is shipping tomorrow!

Rtan
July 22, 2014, 12:55 AM
My Modwright OPPO 105D is shipping tomorrow!

Let me know your first impression, specially with Shindo preamp.

JJinID
July 22, 2014, 01:07 AM
My Modwright OPPO 105D is shipping tomorrow!

Excellent! I look forward to your impressions also Tommy, as well as Ron's when his arrives!