Originally Posted by mpjmeyer
Both the Oppo 103D and the marantz UD5007 are now available to purchase on Best Buys website. Of the 2, which would you choose and why? Also, is it really worth spending hundreds on a blu ray player when they sell others for under $100??
I'm not familiar with the Marantz, but the 103D is my third Oppo. I've had a DVD player, a Blu-ray player and now a 3D Blu-ray player. One advantage of all three is that they've all been able to play DVD-Audios and SACDs. If you're into high-definition music, this "universal player" aspect is a strong advantage to Oppos over most other players. It's definitely key for me.
Another advantage is that it seems like all their players will play nearly anything you throw at them. DVDs ripped to DVD+R or DVD-R or DVD-R/W? not a problem. MKV files on a memory stick? Good to go. MP3 files? Of course. FLAC files (stereo or multi-channel, standard resolution or 192kHz, 24-bit)? You bet! SACD ISO images burned to DVD+R or DVD-R? Well, on the BDP-80, they worked great (I never tried them on the DVD 981HD). On the new 103D, Oppo has dropped that ability, no doubt due to its questionable legality. However, I'm using SACDExtract to rip all my SACD-Rs to DSF files and playing them from an external hard drive. In fact, I've ripped my entire CD and DVD-Audio collections (and now my SACD collection as well) and listen to them all from the hard drive.
And how about the ability to be modified (by hardware for Blu-rays or software for DVDs) to be able to play discs from other regions? Got some film in mind that is for sale in Europe but not in the US? Oppo can probably get you there. I'll admit, that hasn't been a big deal for me but I've got friends who live and die by movies (especially Japanese) that they can't get in the US.
If you've read up anything on the Darbee Darblett devices, you might have been intrigued. I know I was. I just wasn't willing to spend $200 - $300 to get it. However, the 103D and the 105D now have that built-in and for only $100 more than the "base" 103 and 105 devices. And since they each have two HDMI inputs, I'm able to apply the Darbee effect not just to Blu-rays and streamed video but to my media player and my satellite receiver.
Somebody else mentioned test patterns. I don't care what tests you throw at them, the Oppo players always seem to come out on top of the heap when it comes to reviewed DVD and Blu-ray players. They are crazy good.
And lastly, they're built like tanks. I've never had an Oppo fail on me. I don't throw them away, I give them away or sell them and they remain in use, often heavy use.
Is all that worth a higher price? To me, it is. Heck, I just bought the 103D for $600 where I bought a Blu-ray/DVD/CD (non-3D) player for my sister for $35. Hers is also tiny, like not much bigger than an old Sony Walkman. She loves it. But then she also thinks her 32" LCD set is the cats pajamas. I run my Oppo into a calibrated Panasonic plasma set and dream of OLED and what comes after that. So it's really up to you. Is all this worth the extra bucks to you? If so, get the Oppo? If not, get the Marantz or something cheaper yet and be glad you're not as critical as some of us. You'll save big bucks in the long run if you can find lesser audio and video equipment to be acceptable.