Originally Posted by darrenchristoper
I'm wondering if an entry level bluray player (samsung, sony, LG) and a mid level bluray player (denon, oppo) are very different in picture quality. My LCD TV is not that big, only 42". Is the difference noticeable since they are all using HMDI connection?
Originally Posted by Rich86
I think characterizing all blu-ray players from manufacturers such as Sony & Panasonic as "entry level" is a huge mistake. I stand by my Sony BDP-S1000ES as NOT being "entry level" in any aspect of its performance. I respectively suggest you would be wasting a significant amount of money on an Oppo player unless there are specific features in said Oppo player that you are determined to have that are not available on other player models from major manufacturers such as Panasonic or Sony.
Well of course the S1000ES ($699 then) is not entry level, since it was the top of Sony's line in when it came out in 2009. Great bluray player, but Sony does offer entry level units, which is (I believe) what the OP was concerned with.
If you're interested only in bluray play, then a good entry level Sony would do just fine.
I consider Oppo to also be in the high end.
You get an Oppo if in addition to top bluray and DVD play, the video processing of cable boxes, media players or streaming services (which are also processed by the Oppo) is important to you. Also if you want high end audio processing or network file processing. Lots of pluses, but you should only pay for it if you're going to use it.
I do, having two of these, but I gave my daughter a Sony S590 which she is very happy with for some bluray and mostly streaming.