Okay so here's the deal. I currently have a Pioneer Elite Blu-Ray player (BDP-23FD) but I'm buying a new tv tomorrow.
Long story short my XBR4 from 2008 is having issues and they're going to give me store credit for what I originally paid.
So I'm using that to upgrade to a better TV. I was going to get the Sharp Elite 60" but then I noticed the Panasonic TC-P55VT30. While this Elite is obviously the better tv, it would cost me roughly $3800 out of pocket while the Panasonic will cost me roughly $500. The difference in picture quality was moderatley noticible, but not enough for me to justify the extra $3300.
That said, I decided on the Panasonic TC-P55VT30.
Now, being that my current DVD player is a 2D player, and this TV offers 3D viewing, it only makes sense that I pick up a 3D player.
I've already heard/read some rave reviews about the Panasonic BDP-210, but I'm wondering if jumping up to an Oppo is truely worth it.
I won't go as far as to say money is no object; I can easily afford either. However, I do consider myself price conscious. In other words, if it's worth spending, I'll have no problem spending the extra dough... but I'm not interested in shelling out far more than I need to for only a minor improvement, should that be the case.
So... here's what I'm looking for:
* I like the idea of streaming services but this isn't imperitive as I can stream through Netflix on my Xbox 360 (or is there a reason I should be using a player instead?).
* Load time is certainly something I'm paying attention to, although if the picture quality is so great that it justifies spending a few minutes of waiting, I won't cry about it
* Most importantly, picture/sound quality
* I'll be hard-lining everything in my system other than my i-pad so I'm not sure that wifi is necessary. (I intend to get a receiver with Airplay)
On the note of sound:
I currently have a Boston Acoustics Horizon Series MCS 130 set-up however...
I have an Onkyo TX-SR805 that has to be replaced. I'm not sure what's causing it to do this but it toasted my subwoofer. My sub started making a loud humming noise out of the blue and that was it. It won't play hooked up to anything. At first I thought it was the sub so I plugged a Velodyne and it screwed that up as well. Wierd thing is, with the sub powered on, i hear virtually nothing but as soon as I plug it in to the receiver I get an obnoxiously loud hum, even if the receiver is unplugged. Whatever the case may be, I'm done with this receiver. I'm going to be purchasing another receiver tomorrow as well... thinking about a Pioneer Elite but would like some recommendations on that as well. I'm assuming I'll need to inquire about that seperately in the receiver forum though. I just want to make sure that going with another high end receiver wont be overkill. This one sounded amazing with my speaker set-up, but hey... even if it was working fine, it doesn't have enough HDMI inputs for me anyways and I need to be able to pass-through 3D.
I only mention all of this because, while I believe I know my fair share about all this stuff, I don't claim to be an expert.
I imagine when I say I want a player with good sound quality that it would be important to note what kind of receiver I'm looking at along with what kind of speakers I'm using so that you can determine whether or not an improvement in sound quality from one player to another would even be noticable.
At any rate, back to my original question... are the improvements from an Oppo over the Panasonic enough to justify the investment?
Also, should the Oppo definitely be worth it... which model would you recommend?
Thanks in advance for all your help!!