Originally Posted by DaveN
Sort of related question. I have an 83 but I want to add 3D capability. I need the player to decode hidef codecs and pass to my processor but I use an external video processor so I prefer source direct.
What do I lose by buying a cheap 3D panny player for 3D disks and using my 83 for all others? If the replacement unit is out later this year I could upgrade then if it is worth it. Do I lose anything in picture quality not using the Oppo and will sound be noticeably inferior with a high end audio system if I use the Panny?
The OPPO 83 is/was a good player. Nothing lives forever, but hang on to it?
Not that I'm against OPPO as I own an older OPPO DVD unit and have also given one as a gift, but I personally plan to buy a soon to be released 2012 Panny 500 unit (7.1 RCA out and roughly $300 street price) as it will cost less than an OPPO 93 and likely offer faster load times and likely have better PQ and SQ.
In my mind there are several downsides to paying big bucks for any current blu-ray player:
1. These things (blu-ray players) continue to change/improve rapidly.
2. So newer models seriously put to rest any resale value of an older unit. With some exceptions...
Temporary blips being copy protection stuff like the blu-ray dumbnut people decreeing that ISO file playback will not be allowed on future firmware OPPO updates. Odds are this is why the OPPO 95 is currently selling above it's list of $1,000?
3. The whole copy protection thing that one buys into with any blu-ray player, most recently Cinavia.
See AVS thread on an interesting and in-depth article on Cinavia at: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1401395
Also one poster in this thread has it in his tag as Cinavia-infected Blu-ray Discs!