Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
My personal opinion is that any new Oppo should cover all the bases that the old ones have. That is why I bought Oppos before, I wanted a universal deck, and Oppo provided the best quality without having to have a huge jump in cost.
I would prefer to get basically a 983 with BR and associated other newness in one single box that integrates well into my current setup, and that includes the stand/cabinet. This is important to me personally as it helps guaranty that my wife and child can operate the system without drama, which is currently the case.