Originally Posted by duc135
Thanks for the insight. I was thinking the opposite actually. Once I rip all my movies, I would be using the unit with ISO support far more often for movies than the other unit. If I were to make the 95 the ISO unit I would be using that like 90% of the time putting more wear and tear on it.
This way I can split usage on the machines. 93 for ISOs and new discs that have no issues. Then the 95 for music, Netfilx and newer discs that the 93 with the old firmware can't handle.
How does that logic sound?
I don't think there's a lot of wear-and-tear for streaming or digital playback, since you're not really using a lot of the mechanical parts of the player (e.g. disc tray, laser assembly). However, if you don't intend to use the 95 to play a lot of music ISOs (DVD-As, concert DVD-Vs, concert Blu-rays), then it's not a bad plan to make the 93 your ISO machine. For those type of music discs, you can still use either 95 for disc play, or rip them to ISO and play back with the 93 connected via HDMI to your Denon and use room correction.
You can then use 95 as your primary music player. It can play music discs, or you can use it for FLACs (stereo and multichannel rips from CDs, DVD-As, DVD-Vs and Blu-rays), so it's not like you wouldn't still have it available for digital playback, just not ISOs.
I'm envious of the versatility you'll have with both machines. For me, I would keep ISO functionality on both, but I understand why you might want to have one with updated firmware.
I've decided to keep my PS3 as the player with updated firmware, for Blu-ray discs that might be problematic on the Oppo without firmware updates. It's a little better at streaming Netflix and has more streaming services anyway, so I'm not ready to retire it yet.
Maybe when the next generation of Oppo comes out, it will then be my updated Blu-ray player to replace my PS3. I just don't want to lose ISO functionality on my 93's if I can help it, because once it's gone, there's nothing else that can totally replace it (i.e. DVD-A ISOs), and maybe never will be, short of building a new HTPC.