Originally Posted by Elihawk
Excuse my naivety...but what does a "good" Blue ray player get you that a cheap one doesn't have?
When comparing the Oppo UDP-203 to the "equivalent" Sony UBP-X800 (they are technically meant to compete for marketshare):
The Oppo has a heavier, more rigid chassis which will do better at damping vibrations that make it to the player. The Oppo has a better transport than the Sony. The Oppo has better DACs than the Sony. Video processing is pretty on par between the two.
The Sony offers streaming apps which the Oppo doesn't.
Ultimately, none of the differences are truly earth shattering. They will both produce a very high quality picture and sound great doing it. But the level of diminishing returns for the price gap rapidly diminishes as the model levels go up. To the point where the only *real* advantage that the Oppo 205 offers over the Sony UBP-X1000ES is better analog audio performance which means nothing to 98% of the people shopping for a UHD player.
I keep confusing my intentions with my abilities.