Originally Posted by DRC72
Cool! Please let me know what you think.
I unpacked the Pioneer BDP-80FD today and ran it thru some BD,DVD and CD test today and i must say this player is nice. First thing i like is the size of the unit. Not small and cheap looking like all the new Sony's, Samsung's and Panasonic's. Not as big as the Oppo BDP-103 but a good size DVD player that looks good in the cabinet. 2nd thing, set up was a breeze. OSD menu is nice and very well layed out and easy to navigate thru. Similar to the Oppo BDP-103. Power cord is detachable which i like.
I'm using a HDMI connection out from the Pioneer BDP-80FD to a Marantz SR5008 receiver then a HDMI cable to my display from my receiver which is a Samsung PN60F5300 plasma TV. PQ is beautiful with both BD and standard DVD's. I tried both setting's, bitstream and PCM and both are excellent.
Audio so far is just as impressive. This Pioneer has all the latest Dolby Digital and DTS-HD Master Audio types, I tried DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby digital and 2 channel and all produced very good sound. I could not tell any difference between this player and the Oppo BDP-103 connected the way i use a DVD/CD player.
Can't comment on 3D as i don't use it. Have not connected to a Wi-Fi connection and used any of the app's yet but plan to within the next week or so.
I just wanted to get a feel for the PQ and AQ and i must say both are top rated and very impressive!
Of course it's not up to Oppo standards for build quality but it's a very capable BD player with outstanding feature's of it's own. Just go to Pioneers web site to check all that it can do. To much to list here. Some things i did notice right away between the Pioneer BDP-80FD and the Oppo BDP-103 is the load speeds are a bit slower from the time you turn it on to the time you are ready to watch a movie. It's definitely noisier then the Oppo when loading a disc. The Pioneer makes these weird chirping noises as it gets ready to play a disc. The remote is much cheaper then a Oppo's remote. No back-light feature, cheap buttons but lay out isn't to bad. I guess it does what it's suppose to do but i really like the Oppo's remote! I will miss that for sure.
I bought the Oppo BDP-103 thinking i was going to use the 7.1 Audio out's and a lot of the other features it has to offer. But after purchasing the Marantz receiver and seeing what it can do with the Audyssey XT, the Oppo became overkill for me, especially if the PQ and AQ was not a factor because of it. Yeah the pioneer is not as well built and doesn't have that nice remote but for the big money difference i payed, it does just what i need it to do until the new 4K BD players come out in a year or 2. Looks like a keeper for me.