Originally Posted by smorgasbord
I just bought an OLED TV (LG 55ea9800 to be exact), stretching my original budget. I need a blu-ray player.
Now, in another location I have an Pioneer Elite Plasma (pretty old, the last one before they went 1080p, but we still like it) coupled with an Oppo BDP-83 and a Roku for streaming. Since my new TV has Netflix and Amazon, etc., perhaps I should pair the old Oppo (which doesn't steam) with the new TV that does stream and get a new cheaper BluRay for my old Elite Plasma?
If I do decide to get a new player for my new TV instead, is there any reason to stay within the same brand? In other words, should I get an LG player for my new LG TV? Anything in terms of convenience with the remotes, etc? I haven't heard good things about LG players in general.
Seems the newer Oppos can be used to clean up DirecTV or cable signals before going to the TV. Is that something I should interested in, especially since my old Elite Plasma probably isn't the best at signal processing (although it was good in its day)?
Finally, my TV apparently isn't the best at smooth motion. Would the new Oppo 103D clean all that up for me, and if so for just BluRay or for all signals (cable TV via Cox in SoCal)?
Advice on configuration options (where the new player goes), and then which new player would be most appreciated.
I have both the 83 and the 103D.
As you know, the 83 is a great bluray player and at least as good as the 103D in upscaling. Taking it and putting it with your new LG would give you great disc play. You'd output 1080p and let the OLED upscale to 4K.
That means that you'd be relying on the TV to do the upscaling and image processing. Any processing that is specific to the screen itself (gamma correction, SOE, etc.) no bluray would help with, for that you would be best off getting a calibration disk or preferably getting a pro to do it (worth it for that screen).
So BDP-83 to your new screen would be a good option, a midrange player would be fine for the other screen.
As to the 103D, it does a very good job as an image processor for me in cleaning up input signals. I plug my comcast cable box into it, it takes that and upscales it to 1080p, passing it to my 1080p screen. In your setup, you could feed it your signal(s) and have it upscale the signal directly to 4k, since unlike the 83, it has that capability.
Whether that's better than the LG doing it depends on how good the LG is, the Oppo is said (I don't have a 4K screen) to be very good at this. Since you can process all signals this way, even the ones from a network or a hard drive, if you have pictures or movies on a NAS or hard drive, they can also be processed this way. Same with Netflix.
I'm not sure if the 103D deals well with Netflix 4K source - that you may need to feed directly to the TV.