Originally Posted by vancouver
I dont think the PQ or AQ will be any different then the PS3 if all you are doing is bit-streaming and your display is calibrated.
For BD, yes - agreed. Almost any "decent" BD player will give good results. The Oppo, however, is 2nd to none for upscaling regular DVD's. While it won't make a lousy DVD transfer better (nothing will), it will make a good transfer, much better. I have not seen any player that can better its upscaling.
Beyond that, from a universal player perspective, you can also play SACD, DVD-A, HD-CD - along with the usual 'junk" formats that can be played via USB (downloads, MP-3's, etc.). It's more than just a BD and DVD player.
Back to BD, the -83 can play in source direct mode, bypassing all processing. This will give you, bit-for-bit, what is on the disc. Our Pio's have dot-for-dot mode, which when coupled with source direct - gives (IMHO) the best BD PQ obtainable.
For $499 - it is better than anything priced at 5, 6, 7, 8X the cost. They could put the guts in a fancier "box" and sell it for much more.