Originally Posted by fight4yu
I am about to get a new blu-ray player (had PS3 before).
Now, Oppo 93 is obviously the choice. However, since I am not that much an audiophile (pretty much 100% on movies only), and the fact that I already have a DVDO DUO as a video processor, I am trying to see if there are another choice.
Hometheatrehifi.com had some pretty good comment on the Panasonic BDT-210, and caught my attention. It is also a lot cheaper, so that helps a lot
So, from just a video processing and color accurate perspective, can a BDT-210 + DUO match Oppo 93? Any other gotcha I need to watch? I very much want to get the Oppo 93, but I would like to understand if I am able to make good use of it (like I am going to be strictly HDMI connection, and not planning to use the 7.1 output).
Thanks in advance.
I own the BDT210 + BDP95 but I have knowledge of the very similar BDP93. I will try to make it simple.
Both players do well with disc and internet based content, however:
For internet streaming content, Panasonic BDT210 is clearly superior.
For disc based content, Oppo 93 is clearly superior.
Also, you might want to consider a few of the following things. How important is build quality and style of the player? The Panasonic feels and looks like a cheap toy compared to the Oppo; that does not mean it will necessarily be more reliable internally (though my BDT210 did need repair within 3mos of purchase), but the Oppo does feel like a much better made product... and looks MUCH better.
Panasonic primarily excels in internet streaming because they offer more than Oppo and what Panasonic does offer has a better interface; this is except for DLNA local network streaming, where Oppo has better flexibility and performance.
Oppo primarily excels in disc playback by offering superior upconversion of DVD and also many more tweakable variables that can enhance the picture quality or your viewing experience. Oppo, unlike Panasonic, also offers 'source direct' which allows you to bypass the Oppo's video scaler so you can use a different one instead if you choose. Meaning that the BDT210 will have already mangled the signal before it gets to yoru DVDO for processing. The Oppo, on the other hand, can automatically send the original 480i/1080i/etc signals for processing to the DVDO - which would likely yield better output than the Panasonic which would deinterlace the signal before feeding it to the DVDO.
Having both, the Oppo is obviously the better Blu-ray player... but the Panasonic offers a lot of internet services that Oppo does not and is an amazing Blu-ray player for its price. So, that is how I would summarize the differences, pick your poison
If it were me, I'd get the Oppo simply for the fact that the Panasonic can't offer clean source direct video to your scaler for processing while the Oppo can.