Originally Posted by pbz06
Hard to take impressions seriously when they are extreme variety like "this blows it out of the water!!!! Omg!!"
I will wait until I see actual tests and measurements etc.
Like from this place, when everything is ready (DV) → http://hometheaterhifi.com/news/prod...layer-preview/
I take all the comments so far seriously. All the UHD BR players, including the Panasonic 900 and Oppo 203, have their own dedicated threads (the Oppo 203 has three on its own), with owners having more than just one player. We can form a reasonable assessment so far from all the average comments on the things that are important for each one of us (me it's the UHD picture quality from 4K Blu-rays and their sound quality too from the best connection, HDMI) . I'm talking reality today here, not tomorrow because we ain't there yet. It's still a work in progress; we'll talk future when we get there...
I created this thread so that no one is afraid of saying what he wants to say about this player or that one, performance wise, and other qualities. In the dedicated threads you can feel sometimes the waves going over you...way of speech. No one wants to be afraid today.
If you are into build quality, then the Oppo 203 walks all over the rest; it's the number one player here.
If you are into Universal like SACDs and DVD-Audio discs on five-inch shiny saucers, it's the Oppo 203 again, the superior emperor.
If you're talking UHD picture; then I'm not so sure, but I do read a lot. And the Panny 900 keeps coming back often, with attributes like "sharpness" and "clarity".
If you're talking sound quality from the same connection; ahhhh but there is not supposed to be any difference from the HDMI connection, right?
A very good way to find out with more assertiveness would be from measurements performed like say by Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity.
But even the measurements are not the final ultimate absolution; our ears are. Lol, it's true.
If you're talking putting a 4K Blu-ray disc in the disc tray and press play, and get the right picture and sound without interruptions...it depends.
But! In general, the Panasonic 900 is mentioned more often as being less trouble-free.
If you're talking apps, then I don't need to mention what it is; the Oppo 203 has none right now. Me personally, I don't give a rat's tail. But some people do, and I respect that.
If you're talking DVD upscaling (me with over 5,000 I never play them anymore...DVD is history to me, period), I just don't know which or which is it.
If you're talking analog sound, that too I'm out, not in a roughly half grand player. So the DACs to me they simply mean zip.
If you're talking customer service, support, firmware updates with fixes in a regular fashion; the Oppo players are unbeatable.
Panasonic customer service, my experience, is not up to it; unfavorable.
Samsung is no better.
Sony is no better.
LG, Philips and Microsoft, I just don't know.
If you're talking ... the future, we can all dream on, extrapolate, have fun, celebrate blowin' in the wind. Till we get there our feet are here right now, and our brain above.
I have no bias, even when I know that the Oppo 203 is a much more complete player in several aspects of its superb design.
There is a phrase that sometimes keeps coming back: "I want it to succeed." Well, me too, and this thread can help, 100%.
It's more challenging this time around, even after couple years or so with 4K Blu-rays. And HDMI after 15 years is still a nightmare for many...
Just when you thought you had it right came along another superior format with new superior problems.
Hollywood is making much more money @ the box office; just look @ Disney in 2016.