Originally Posted by 303_GSS
Hey everyone, I have a question and I hope its ok that I ask it;
I asked this in the help me decide thread and got zero response, and seeing as how the bdp-09fd was part of, thought it would be ok to ask it here;
If you had the chance to buy one of these brand new still at this point in time for a semi-decent price would you? I have a line on a brand new sealed in box unit.
I have both a pro-141 and pro-151 plasma;
I dropped the ball by not picking up a couple bdp-09fd's when they were blowing them out a year or whatever ago.
So as I say I can still get one or possibly two brand new, but I am also now looking at either of the new oppo's 93 or 95, as well as a cambridge audio azur 751.
I should state I have no budget, I just want the best video/audio quality player(s) I can get
should I be concerned with upscaling? dont know how many dvd's I will be watching but still...
as well I welcome your suggestions on other brands! Even though I know this is the bdp-09fd thread, as I said off the top, I got zero help in the help me decide thread so, please dont get mad for me posting this here....
Thanks for your time and help
I have a little contradictory answer..... If I had to do it over again going back to Feb 2009, I would still get the 09, if I was making the choice now... I might favor the Oppo... Keyword might....
If I take my repair out of the equation, the 09 has been everything I wanted and expected from a player. However the repair (even though Pioneer did step up to the plate and handled it under warranty) has me a bit nervous looking forward. Personally I've got some serious health issues and dropping approx $400 to replace the drive again if this one goes bad is something I really don't need in the future....
Getting back to the performance of the 09, as I said it met all expectations I expected from the player. Picture on the 09 is absolutely as close to perfect as one could expect considering my HDTV is a 2003-2004 vintage Mitsubishi WS-55413 RP CRT. I personally like RP over plasma, LED and LCD, I think it's the closest to what I would see in a theater. As a migrane sufferer, 3D is of no interest to me either... For blu-ray and DVD, I really love the picture from the 09. Audio wise I feel the same, while I still use my DV-59AVi for CDs (iLink to my VSX-59TXi receiver), for BD audio I really enjoy the decoding the 09 does for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-MA soundtracks. My objective in buying the 09 was to extend the life of my 59TXi and it's a winner in that regard. At the time it was the best solution since my BDP-95FD did not decode TrueHD and DTS-MA via analog. Outside of the drive issue, I still think it was the best answer. My 59AVi was IMHO the best DVD player I ever saw or owned, the 09 is even better for upscaling to 1080i.
You mention that you have no budget in a way that I think you're saying if the performance is there, you don't mind paying for it. Normally I would think the same. So I would recommend going with the 09 while if I was to consider buying one now, I would give the Oppo 95 some serious consideration only because of the drive issue and the $1000 price tag because of personal financial considerations. So if lets say in 2 years or so, you don't mind dropping a few bucks to possible replace the drive, buy the BDP-09FD.
Another personal consideration I have is the fact that Oppos are made in China, but that's a a generational issue...