Originally Posted by udtsealeod
--Worth is subjective. If you have an interest in Darbee processing, then you would want the 103D. It is a subtle effect when used properly, so unless you have videophile interests and spent a of lot time tweaking and doing comparisons, it may not be worthwhile for you.
Since I do not know what Darbee processing is, then it's not something to look at!
Well, part of this hobby is investigation. There are comparisons and demos available of the Darbee effect to show you what it does.
As Bill mentions, it is subtle, but to my perspective (I'm a 103D owner) it has an impact and is worthwhile, not just worth the $100.
As to the two players, outside of the Darbee effect, there are some slight differences, a different video processor for the 103D, some audio processing differences, but they are essentially very similar.
Strictly as bluray players, there are many players that are equivalent. When doing DVD processing, the number of players that can keep up drop sharply, if you consider media file processing (video from your network), other players drop off precipitously, when you consider audio processing, analog audio outputs, the Oppos pretty much stand alone. Then you add the ability to use the 103(D) as video processors for other, lesser units in your chain, like cable boxes - then the Oppos definitely stand alone; they do an excellent job cleaning up input from other units.
If these features are valuable to you (I use them fully), then you want an Oppo and in my opinion, the Darbee version.
If you buy a Darbee unit separately, it costs about 300. So if you want Darbee processing, this is a deal when integrated with the Oppo 103D or 105D.
Bill has pointed you at a good resource, also you can ask any questions on the 103D thread
or the Official OPPO BDP-103 Owner's Thread
. Good luck, I am very satisfied with the 103D.