Originally Posted by Brian-HD
Oppo has been lacking in performance as well when compared to other players that cost less, i.e. blu ray playback issues.
I think blu-ray playback issues are hit and miss on most players since we all don't view the same content. Amongst all the blu-ray transports that I own and have owned over the past 4 years (Oppo, Pioneer, Panasonic and Sony) I have had one playback issue and it was with the Pioneer, which was fixed later in a firmware update. Other forum members owning the same transports may experience more playback issues due to the content they are viewing. No transport in 2012 should be experiencing playback issues regardless of the content we are viewing, but they do and this is not exclusive to the Oppo. Maybe the studios need to stop tinkering with the format.
The mighty PS3 has been known to have an occasional playback issue.
All manufacturers' firmware release notes all mention some type of improvement in disc playback as a rule of thumb. Some blu-ray discs are still being released with the opening disclosure that a firmware update may be necessary to play a specific disc and in some instances there are variations of the same disc being released.
Why pay more? I have 83 and the 95.
Paying more is an individual decision and only the individual can decide if the price delta is worth it between product A and B.
Build quality is important to me and I would be willing to pay more for that. Panasonic's soon to be released DMP-BDT500 has 7.1 analog support plays FLAC, but doesn't support SACD or DVD-A which are important to me and I would be willing to pay a more for that. The Sony BDP-S790 plays SACD, but doesn't support FLAC, DVD-A or support 7.1 analog which are important to me and I would be willing to pay more for that. In addition, the build quality of the Sony would be unacceptable for me if I was considering it for my home theater setup, but for its intended purpose I can live without these features and the Sony's price reflects the lack of these features in my opinion. Most speak of the price delta between the Oppo and transports in the $150.00 - $250.00 range and want to limit the conversation to blu-ray, DVD and streaming, which is a disingenuous comparison since the Oppo does considerably more than just blu-ray, DVD and streaming. I see no one asking if the Krell Evolution 555 ($15,000) or Goldman Eidos 20BD ($16,900) are worth 30 times the cost of the BDP-93.
It is probably not, but if a prospective buyer finds value in these price differences then it is worth it.
If ones main purchasing considerations are blu-ray, DVD and streaming, then you need not spend more than $200.00 in my opinion, but others may find this in spending $500.00.
If there is a transport that is built comparable to the Oppo and does SACD, DVD-A, FLAC and supports 7.1 analog and does it for $250.00 - $350.00 then I will buy it.
The Oppo doesn't come a la carte. It is all or nothing.
Streaming is the future and has improved within the last year. Streaming is not as good as Blu ray but is getting there.
Streaming may be the future, but it is presently not in my future.
However, if my needs were to change then maybe at that time Oppo would have improved it streaming partners; revisit offerings from Sony and Panasonic or I would look for a dedicated streaming solution.
I will be the 1st to tell someone that if streaming is very important to you then you will not be happy with what the Oppo offers and this has been voiced on their owner threads.
Did you compare 93 to S790?
I will not be not be comparing the 93 to the S790 since they are not in competition and any differences I may observe in PQ would be purely subjective. I only considered the Sony as a need arose for streaming (wife) and people were talking about returning their 93s for this Sony model.
Then curiosity got the best of me as I was considering a Panasonic for its streaming partners.
I normally purchase with specific requirements in mind. I think the PQ of the Sony is quite good and I would have no problem watching it if the need arose, but I do feel that Sony manipulates the picture somewhat and this was the reason I got rid of my BDP-S1000ES.