Hi there, long time reader, first time poster.
I finally made the jump to HDTV in December (got a 42" Panasonic plasma), and have been thinking of getting into Blu-Ray since then. Had been kind of skeptical, so I figured I'd wait until my DVD player died before investing in a Blu-Ray player. Well, today the DVD player (Philips DVP-5990) seems pretty much done for, so I guess it's about time.
My main requirement in a player is region-free capability, since i have a number of Region 2 and 3 DVDs. I know that pretty much narrows down the list to either a Momitsu/Sherwood or an Oppo. Can't really justify the cost of the Oppo BDP-83, but the 80 does seem like a possibility. I have a Roku, so streaming is not a concern.
So my main concern is, would the Oppo BDP-80 be worth twice the cost of, say, the Sherwood BDP-5004? (not to mention the additional cost of the region-free mod for the Oppo) DVD upconversion quality is definitely a major factor for me as well, is the Oppo that much better on a 42" screen? Also, I know the Momitsu-based players have issues with the newest firmware disabling the region-free capability.
Would I be better off just getting another region-free DVD player for my non-Region 1 DVDs, and going for a good lower-end BD player?