Originally Posted by intermediatic
Ok, how about this… what is the fastest loading Blu Ray player on the market with top notch picture quality? Oppo seems slow with that.
Not sure where you got that information.
From Consumers Reports testing:
Oppo 103 load time (bluray) - 14-21 seconds Median is 17.5 sec
Panasonic 320 (bluray) - 12 - 28 seconds. Median is 20
Panasonic 330 (bluray) - 10-24 seconds. Median is 17
Panasonic 500 (bluray) - 13-28 seconds. Median is 20.5
Sony 1100 (bluray) - 13-23 seconds. Median is 18
Sony 5100 (bluray) - 14-25 seconds. Median is 19.5
Sony 790 (bluray) - 21-32 seconds. Median is 26.5
If you compare the 103 to low end Panasonic models, the bottom of the range is from 1-3 seconds faster than the Oppo, while the high end the Oppo is from 3-7 seconds faster.
If you compare the 103 to the low end, more current Sonys, the bottom of the range has the Sonys 1 second faster or equal to the Oppo, while being about the same in the top of the range.
If you compare the Oppo to players that come closer to the 103 in functions provided (analog outs, dual HDMI outs, etc.), the Sony 790 and the Panasonic 500, the speed is equivalent to the Panasonic 500 and much faster (by about seven seconds) than the Sony 790. This is more a comparison of Apples to Apples, while allowing that the 103 delivers much more features than the others.
In the end, you have to gauge what's acceptable to you. If at the beginning of a movie, you decide that a possible 1/2 second difference in startup is a must have, then you buy the player that gives you that.
The Oppo in my opinion, despite being a model that now is two years old, is still very competitive in how fast it loads and plays a disk. In the median performance, over time it is faster than all but the 330, and that by 0.5 seconds.