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I have been using this player for about a week now and it is very nice.
The Build is very Onkyo it matches well with the receivers. Its quiet, the tray is solid and quick and the front display is very legible. The remote is on the cheap side, but since I won't be using it if I decide to keep it it doesn't matter, but they should still have something better in the box.
The menus are very simple but not lacking, you can force 1080/24 if you need to and it is a pretty quick machine. It boots up faster than the Panny 30 and the Samsung 5000 that I have. So far it has played every disc I have thrown at it, unlike the Samsung.
Picture quality is as far as I can tell identical to the Panny and Samsung but with one exception, the color are more accurate. I have it running to a Onkyo 905(with the Reon shut down) and then to a Sony Pearl projector at 120". I have everything calibrated and with the other two players I had the Blue and Red spot on but the Green was just a shy off. With the Onkyo the colors are all dead on. And while watching movies it just seems more acurate on everything. Its nice. It's not a huge problem with the other stuff but you can definetly tell if you do a A/B back a forth.
Audio quality is another place where realy it excels. I run everything bitstream to Onkyo 905 and let it do all the work but for whatever reason the Onkyo 606 does a nicer job with the sound than the others. It is more detailed and has better seperation.
On regular DVD's it seems like it does a decent enough job. It's not as nice as the Samsung but no worst than the Panny. But the sound once again is better than either of the other two.
The big question is if it's worth the money. It cost more than the new Panny's out there which I have not seen but are known to be great. For the price $400 you can get the Panny 55 or two 35's. I am done buying Samsungs(this is my second player that has a hard time with movies and no firmware upgrades to be seen). And the Oppo is right around the corner. Which so far sounds like it will be pretty nice and Oppo has a good track record with firmware upgrades like Panny and unlike Samsung.
It pretty much boils down to if you have the extra cash then its nice but you can buy allot cheaper unit like the 35 and get a good player for a lot less. The Onkyo's only flaw is its price. This thing is worth about $250 not $400.
Theater - JVC RS56U, Yamaha CX-A5100, Outlaw Audio 7700 & 7140, Wharfedale Jade 7's series speakers, RSL C34e(for Atmos), Oppo 103D, AppleTV(4th Gen), DirecTV, FireTV, AndroidTV Shield & PS4
LivingRoom - LG OLED65B6, Anthem MRX720, GolderEar 7's, SuperCenter X, SuperSat 3's, Oppo 203, AppleTV(4th Gen), DirecTV, Roku Premier+ & X-Box One S
MasterBedRoom - LG 55LE8500, Onkyo TX-NR905, DirectV & Roku 4