Originally Posted by mulox
I have to disagree with you. Do you know of any S-DVD player out there today that has issues playing certain discs? This is the eventual goal of BR, even if it take 2-5 years to get there...
I don't know what an OPPO player is, but I just picked up a LG Blu-Ray burner for my desktop PC, which I will probably just convert into a HTPC. The model I got actually plays HD-DVD also, so this may meet all of my needs (for now).
You also have to rremember that your comparing a player\\format that has only been out for ~3 years compared to DVD which as ~12 years. If Blu-ray is still around in about 10 years then we will probably see the same reliability with those players that we see with todays DVD players. As the Blu-ray penetration grows you will also see drops in prices (where you will see the 150 ish price tag) until then though Blu-ray players are still going to go for "premium" prices.
Until the movie companies start putting out consistant material as far as discs go, the hardware side is always goign to be playing catch up no matter which player you choose.
OPPO has long been the standard for DVD players that are "affordable"
to the OP if you are only going to be using HDMI then the choice is yours as it negates the benifits of the 7.1 analog outputs. Both players have their pluses and minues, its a matter of choosing which player is :best" for you which is different for everyone.
I personally have been one of the lucky ones as my BD5K has been practically flawless
. There are others out ther elike me, but there are also those who have had nothing but problems. The majority of the people you will find in the forums though are those who have issues, so take any negativity with a grain of salt.
BOTH players are worthy of a purchase, in the end it may come down to price. I would takea look through the problem disc threads on both players and probably the two main stickys on both players for further insight. Good luck in your future purchase....