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    Quote Originally Posted by Getgaff View Post
    Thanks guys, I’ve reached out to him for help.
    Any news Gareth?
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    Nope, nothing. But all is not as hopeless as I壇 originally feared.

    If you look at the underside of the spinner (the surface that touches a disc) there are three small circular pads, presumably to provide friction against a disc or prevent scratching. Now these three pads are not stuck on equidistant to each other nor are they the same thickness. This surprised me as Oppomod.com claims this stabiliser is the result of a precise piece of CNC engineering and then someone randomly sticks crappy pads over it , upsetting the overall balance.

    Removed all three pads and now the drive runs silently. And placing my iPhone 8+ running the Seismometer 6 app on top of the drive detects no vibration whatsoever. It ain稚 scientific, but it does detect vibrations when opening and closing the drawer. Didn稚 conduct a before-and-after test, but I知 now satisfied it痴 doing what it claims to do.

    Also did you know the drive is mounted on a spring-mounted chassis? Took the opportunity to level the drive using a bubble spirit level.

    And for anyone interested, my 205 mods comprise of:

    Oppomod.com SE Linear PSU with SR Quantum Black 2A slow-blo fuse
    Furutech R IEC inlet with Mundorf wiring
    Aluminium BD-ROM stabiliser
    8-pin digital board silver plated power cable
    SoundCare SuperSpikes feet
    Soundeck DF Black Square damping feet

    Has it made a difference? Still testing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getgaff View Post
    Nope, nothing. But all is not as hopeless as I’d originally feared.

    If you look at the underside of the spinner (the surface that touches a disc) there are three small circular pads, presumably to provide friction against a disc or prevent scratching. Now these three pads are not stuck on equidistant to each other nor are they the same thickness. This surprised me as Oppomod.com claims this stabiliser is the result of a precise piece of CNC engineering and then someone randomly sticks crappy pads over it , upsetting the overall balance.

    Removed all three pads and now the drive runs silently. And placing my iPhone 8+ running the Seismometer 6 app on top of the drive detects no vibration whatsoever. It ain’t scientific, but it does detect vibrations when opening and closing the drawer. Didn’t conduct a before-and-after test, but I’m now satisfied it’s doing what it claims to do.

    Also did you know the drive is mounted on a spring-mounted chassis? Took the opportunity to level the drive using a bubble spirit level.

    And for anyone interested, my 205 mods comprise of:

    Oppomod.com SE Linear PSU with SR Quantum Black 2A slow-blo fuse
    Furutech R IEC inlet with Mundorf wiring
    Aluminium BD-ROM stabiliser
    8-pin digital board silver plated power cable
    SoundCare SuperSpikes feet
    Soundeck DF Black Square damping feet

    Has it made a difference? Still testing...
    Spring loaded chassis....hmnn.
    Knew it had, but assumed it was level, will get the bubble level out this weekend.

    Have to say picture and audio improved with the stabiliser, but noticed slightly more noise than I’m used to when 4k discs first initialise?
    My pads looked as though they were equidistant, but if it measures vibration free without them (and fixed your noise problem) then I might remove mine.


    The Superspikes feet...which ones have you got, thread size...etc.
    Ive stuck rubber feet from my old Rega Planar 2 under it, wonder if I can do better.


    Thanks Gareth.
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    Remove the pads in a way that you can reattach them if necessary.

    As for the Superspike feet, these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/323132979520

    But the price has nearly doubled from the 」40 I paid to 」75!

    Edit: Should have said I needed to re-level the drive as I’d raised it to remove and install the 8-pin digital board power cable.

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    Read up on those feet Gareth, get good reviews.
    Might take a punt on a set.

    Never had to touch the spring screws on my drive, but wont do any harm to take a bubble level to it to be sure its 100% level.
    The 3 pads just look like regular small self adhesive pads, hace a bag of similar ones I think.
    Will run a few 4k disks through the 203 and see if any noise is annoying enough to take them off as you did.

    Thought I was done modding my Oppo, but a thing I’ve had my eye on for a while has finally became available.
    Next up...from Oppomod who built the linear psu...a PS Audio compatible i2s output board.
    http://pcaudio.tistory.com/

    This is big...really big.

    My PS Audio Dac has i2s inputs, primarily for their Sacd Transport which is unique as it passes SACD to their dac DIGITALLY via i2s.
    http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/fir...yer-transport/
    i2s is my Dacs best input and by all accounts the best sounding way to connect digital gear.

    So the board unlocks that potential and effectivly does the same as what the PS Audio transport (at Six grand) does.
    Interestingly - the PS Audio transport uses the Oppos disc transport, so similar again.
    Might have a play with SACDs again...

    Also,
    IN ADDITION TO what the PS Audio transport does, the Oppo can act as a Roon Endpoint so with this board my Hires files, SACD Dsd rips and MQA from Tidal will be fed to my Directstream Dac over i2s.
    From there everythings converted to 20x DSD, the FPGA does all the digital filtering magic, then the musics output as double data rate DSD through a passive transformer coupled output.

    The combo of the modded Oppo and Dac will be a fantastic digital hub and SACD transport...just with the addition of this board.
    Digital done?
    Wow...colour me impressed with Oppomod.


    Pics up when its getting done next payday.





    Quote Originally Posted by Getgaff View Post
    Remove the pads in a way that you can reattach them if necessary.

    As for the Superspike feet, these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/323132979520

    But the price has nearly doubled from the 」40 I paid to 」75!

    Edit: Should have said I needed to re-level the drive as I’d raised it to remove and install the 8-pin digital board power cable.
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    Your enthusiasm is addictive, love it!

    Have to agree the Oppo is just so versatile and your modded 203 + Directsteam DAC combo is going to be hard to beat. Looking forward to reading the next chapter of your Oppo journey.

    Edit: I may look at doing the 205 DAC mod, but will probably wait for the warranty to expire as everything done to date is reversible.

    http://www.oppomod.com/pdf/oppo-205-...it-upgrade.pdf

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    Hah ! He only does these mods when the '' gets out '' for the weekend Gareth

    Seriously though , I've heard Gary's system with the PS Audio DAC and OPPO player in use and it does sound a bit special .
    Last time I was over we watched the first 15 minutes of Dunkirk and I must say the picture on his big Sony screen was stunning . SQ is top notch too
    Regards
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    Aboot time fer a board meeting methinks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    Aboot time fer a board meeting methinks.
    Bit overdue I think Ali...

    Been letting new stuff all settle in..
    couple of changes since last time.
    Last edited by Gazjam; 12-05-2018 at 11:03.
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    Update:
    i2s output board on its way from Hong Kong.

    Plan is to use the Oppo as a Roon endpoint, now outputting i2s directly to the dac.
    Apparently that is its best sounding input and will enable me to output SACD digitally as native DSD to the Dac,
    Hoping for a bump in sound quality with both movies and music.

    Pics to follow when I'm fitting it.
    After that...think the Oppo's done.
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