I believe the new Oppo to be a fantastic DVD player, no doubt about, even though I have no personal experience with it as of yet. I was seriously considering getting one for what I believe is the best available high-end DVD player for the bucks right now [however, I really wanted it to be able to send bitstream DSD to an AVR/processor-based decoder, but it just ain't happenin' (and that goes for most reasonable DSD-capable players/transports that are available right now)].
Well, I had me a re-think before leaping, and considering I have the PS3 (which is a decent upconverting DVD player, but admittedly prolly not in the same league as this 983), why would I fork out these kind of bucks (even though extremely reasonable for its offerings), when I can wait it out with my PS3 until a universal player (w/ Blu-ray) of real value and features comes out. I've always been a fan of Denon, and they have great players right now, but at a price point that is just not in sync with the rest of the pack (and considering no DSD decoding? - Denon really missed that boat with their high-priced 1st gen Blu-rays). Who knows, that best player may just end up being an Oppo; the Oppo Blu-ray (even though it may not be til' the 2nd to 3rd quarter of next year when it finally makes a debut). As I see it, this Oppo, although perhaps the primo DVD player in its league right now, will essentially be obsolete within a year. That is, if you're willing to buy into a future full-featured Blu-ray. Yet I do think that Oppo really has it going-on. Here's in anticipation of an Oppo Blu-ray!!!
- da Choge
BDP-83 EAP (second group)