Originally Posted by David Susilo
Panasonic BDT-320 will be your best bet then.
I had the BDT-320 for 3 weeks, but returned it and bought a $119 Sony S590. To MY eyes, the Sony has a slightly better PQ and the remote responds quicker. I am also buying a highly modified Oppo 93 (upgraded linear power supplies for audio and video, and TCXO mod). The mods are based on the $10K Arye DX-5. Every review I have read about the DX-5, says the improvement over the Oppo 83 is dramatic. Some will say mods make no difference, but I believe they do. From HomeTheater.com:
"This isn't the first high-end-priced player I've seenor the first I've used directly connected over HDMI to a front projector in my system (in this case, the JVC DLA-X7 reviewed in HT's May 2011 issue). It's just the first one I've seen that actually looks better in comparison to other players I've seen over HDMI. In addition to the superb deintleracing and scaling I mentioned earlier, our battery of standard test patterns revealed sharp, essentially perfect response at the frequency extremes with luma and chroma. The DX-5 fully revealed the highest frequencies in these patterns, and the vertical lines looked crisper than they did with the OPPO BDP-95 I used for comparison (also a direct feed to the JVC DLA-X7). Yet there was no implication that the frequencies were peaked or overemphasized. There was just an almost indescribable sensation that there was a little more of something (or everything) there.
This feeling persisted as I started watching program material on Blu-ray. I consistently found my eyes lingering on certain details that hadn't seemed as palpable on previous viewings with other players. A little extra shadow detail here, some more fabric texture there, a finer rendering of film grain, etc. There was always something. And this surprised me. With episodes of HBO's Deadwood, I was especially attuned to the disparity between the softer, noisier interior shots and the crisp photography in the outdoor sequences. With Welcome to the Rileys and especially David Fincher's The Social Network, I was really impressed by the low-level and shadow detail in the darker scenes (which is just about all of The Social Network) and the staggering dimensionality in the images. The DX-5's revealing nature wasn't always to a given movie's benefit. It also showed a lot of the seams in recent-vintage but not minty-fresh CGI-laden constructs. I rewatched the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies on Blu-ray, and I'd never seen the complex motion and tight patterns of film grain displayed more smoothly and finely. But I'd also never seen the CGI stand out as conspicuously as it often did with the DX-5.
Essentially, whatever the cinematic intentions were with any given piece of program material, I felt that the DX-5 delivered those intentions with a bit more observable expression. Photographyboth film and digitalalways looked a little more evocative in terms of texture, gradation, and depth.
But again, these are details. The overall impact was that movies looked and felt more like movies on the DX-5. There was also an easy-on-the-eyes quality to the picture that I haven't encountered before. I know my comments on the HDMI video output looking better than other players will be met with skepticism. I get it. That's how I felt before I saw the DX-5. But after I spent time with it and went back and forth between it and the other players I had on hand, I unequivocally looked forward to watching movies on the DX-5 more than with any other Blu-ray player I've ever used. I know a lot of us like to think that it's all just 1s and 0s and that digital is digital. And often, that can be true in good and bad ways. But this is something different. Be brave and experience it before you pooh-pooh it (and me for writing this)."