Originally Posted by Rich86
I wasn't trying to start a debate about Oppo product quality or customer service.
I doubt that Sony would be as responsive to service needs as Oppo - but I can't provide any experience since nothing has ever failed on any of my Sony players . . they just play everything I throw at them.
I believe features should be the the issue when considering an Oppo - does it offer something you really want to have that other players do not offer?
If not - I don't see where the pricing of an Oppo is worth it. Just my opinion.
Agreed, I just addressed the comment about that the great service was needed, implying a product that needed it due to problems - in my experience that hasn't been the case.
As to the main thrust of this thread, it comes not to just the common argument of features versus quality, especially if those features are on a reliable platform.
It is really a comparison of a high end player with many features versus ones that may have a subset of those features that are good enough. To me quality is also part of the argument, but I understand if that's not as important to others.
The Oppo does provide more features than the Sonys, or pretty much any other players right now.
You and all other possible users have to make the individual decision whether those are worth the extra $ 200 to $400 of initial expense. As Moxie brings up, when it is time to sell an Oppo, even a DVD player like the DV-983H, you can still get back most of the money spent, so in the long term, you are not losing much.
So the question of whether the pricing is worth it is probably best answered by:
Will you use the extra features that the Oppo 103 offers; as an example:
DVD-A, SACD, 2D to 3D conversion, excellent DVD upscaling, ROKU stick capability, Attaching to network drives by SMB, Accepting input from other AV devices like cable boxes to be processed by the Oppo internals, very good DLNA implementation, push capability to the Oppo DLNA client, USB connectivity to hard drives, the largest of digital audio and video file processing, multi channel analog connections and so on.
I understand that the Sonys also do SACD, so if you're talking Sony, subtract that from the list.
The list of features is large, but if you are only going to use bluray and are fine with replacing that a few years down the road instead of servicing it if there's a problem, then the Oppo is overkill. If that's your strategy, then the Oppo is wrong for you.
My BDP-83 has a subset of the features of the 103, and I use the disk, network features. To me it has been worth it to "buy an Oppo", but it's just as valid to have a strategy that if something goes wrong, you just buy another low priced player, junking the first player instead of servicing an Oppo.