The best way I can describe it, when comparing head to head with other players, is that a veil has been lifted between us and the music. Not only is there more detail, but music seems to be "filled in". There is simply more there, it is fuller. We compared it to our Pioneer DMP-BD85, a custom made tube CD player, and a Sony D-303 (oldy but goody) I sold the tube CD player. It was pathetic compared to ERC-2. Like listening through mud. And we loved that player!
Same as the ERC-2 (but in 2005). I have switched from a SET 5 watt amp, and Klipsch 2.2's to the XPA-2 and Magnepan 1.7's. And I can tell you without a doubt that the new setup sounds more realistic, clearer and fuller. It is all cooler/brighter too, which took some getting used to after 7 years straight of tubes. I'd say it took about 30 minutes
Well, we bought Magnepan 1.7's for no other reason than aesthetics, and had no complaints about how previous setup sounded. But, the Maggies and a 5 watt amp were not going to work together. So we needed a powerful amp, poked around the web, and, well, that's pretty much everyones's story when it comes to buying Emotiva, isn't it? And I was getting tired of the tube thing. Good replacements can be really costly. And if you want costly, try not being nearby to cut the power if a tube has a vacuum breach...
how much better is the two channel audio for music compared to the BD85? I bought this to hold me over till I upgrade my two channel system and thought about replacing the BD85 with an Oppo BDP-95 for the upgraded analog audio for 2ch. Perhaps the ERC-2 and BD85 combo will do just fine.
The ERC-2 definitely beats the BD85. However, the BD85 sounds really good. With the ERC-2, there is simply more there. More punch, more detail. Like gaps have been filled in the music. If you have the budget, get the ERC-2, but if not, don't worry about the BD85, it really holds it 's own in 2 channel. Be sure to try the analog outputs as well as the digital cable. You can see which DAC you like, the BD85, or your receiver/pre-amp.