Originally Posted by Jon Middleton
I currently have a Samsung BD-C3600, which outputs Component video, currently a must-have as my HT is wired for it and my PJ doesn't do HDMI, and 7.1 analog audio out. Is there an advantage going to an Oppo, and is the 95 worth the upcharge? The Samsung does well, but I have no way to A-B an Oppo, unless somebody in my area owns one and would let me do it. My audio system is good, I don't want to leave SQ or PQ on the table.
The Oppo does good Component video output, but its real strength for video is HDMI video output. Now, most older Blu-ray players have pretty poor Component video output (and newer players don't have HD Component video output at all). So you may very well find the Oppo a step up for Component video.
If you've been reading up on the OPPO you probably know that it has two HDMI outputs and one of them (HDMI 1) takes advantage of extra video processing called QDEO. The Component video output is like the OTHER HDMI output that DOESN'T use QDEO. And Component video is also limited to 1080i or less (not 1080p) for Blu-ray playback and to 480p or 480i (or the equivalent PAL video resolutions) for commercial SD-DVD disc playback.
The Analog audio on the 93 is no slouch by any means -- better than what was on Oppo's prior Blu-ray players for example. But if you are really dedicated to Analog audio, the 95 is something special. If you can afford the difference then that's definitely the way to go. If that's too much of a reach for you, I suspect you'll be delighted with what you get from the 93. There is no difference in video between the 93 and the 95.
Be aware that if you order a 93 or 95 direct from Oppo's web site then you have a 30 day return period, so you can try it out yourself at home, only risking the shipping charges.
ETA: I presume you are aware of the general specifications of the OPPO universal Blu-ray players, such as SACD and DVD-Audio playback, internet service access (e.g. Netflix), and playback of your own media files (e.g., high bit rate music files) either off a directly attached hard drive or via streaming from a DLNA server app running someplace else in your home network. Also OPPO has a well deserved reputation for customer service. My comments above were specifically towards your questions on Component video and Analog audio. The 93 and 95 also support Blu-ray 3D playback, but you'd need a new display to take advantage of that.