Originally Posted by millerwill
I'm certainly one of the persons who is primarily interested in BD and dvd upconversion performance (along with hidef audio); speed and reliability are of course also of interest. And I have been thinking about the Panny BD60 (since I will be connecting only via HDMI) as a possible alternative to the Oppo 83.
However, saving a couple of hundred bucks on a very imp part of the AV quality chain--after spending > $5K on a top flight projector (the RS20)--seems like false economy. On a large screen (126" diag in my case), the best quality dvd is definitely noticeable. My present Sammy 1200 does dvd quite well (with upconversion via the HQV Reon chiip), but it will be nice to have this done even better, not to speak of an improvement in quality and reliability for BD and the capability of the new hidef audio formats. Thus I think I'm ready to commit to the 83 even though I'm quite uninterested in its other capabilities (SACD, etc.).
The -83 sounds like an excellent choice for your setup.
As I stated earlier, even for just BR and SD playback, the -83 is still a superior product.
I have seen everything the Reon can do, as I currently own several players with it, including the Samsung BD-UP5000 and the Toshiba HD-XA2. The upconversion can look very good from that chip, however is can also make things look more fake/un-natural, with skin tones looking "plasticy", and outdoor scenes oversatured. The deinterlacing of that chip is probably it's biggest fault. It has problems with video based material, as well as handling less common type cadences, and transfers with bad edits and such. To be honest, I love what it does on a smaller screen in another room. I play Pixar and Disney movies on the 5000 for my kida all the time, and it looks amazing on the 37" lcd.
However, like you say, on the big screen those small differences can be much more noticable, and in my theater on the projection system, the scaling and deinterlacing from the Anchor Bay VRS chip is much better. Skin tones and outdoor scenes look much more natural, and deinterlacing is steller.
Going from the 1200 model, to something like the -83, will be a huge difference too. Just in the way that the players GUI is incorperated and consumer friendly, there are a ton of settings to help tweak the player to the perfect fit for any setup, and the -83 is lightning fast compared to something like the 1200.
As for the BD60, I have no clue to what that player offers, as I have not followed it.