Had a chance to test out the Oppo today, and initially I'm VERY pleased with it's overall video and audio performance.
Overall build quality of the Opp is solid, and the rear connections are nicely laid out.
The brushed aluminum faceplate is a nice touch, but style wise the player's overall look is somewhat on the plain side, IMO.
Looks and style count for something, but the bottom line is how the player performs.
The Oppo scored high marks in this department!
I had absolutely NO problems with my power cord.
The Oppo power cord while not audiophile quality, is fairly beefy compared to the Sony & Panny power cords, which are the standard thin wimpy power cords you see on most consumer electronics.
Setup was very easy and straight forward.
It was good that I have been following this tread and already familiar with most of the settings, as this helped immensely.
This player has plenty of tweaking options for boys who like to play with toys.
Played some of my favorite demo blu-ray movies, SACD & DVD-A disc's to see how the Oppo performed on it's own.
Will test it further with comparisons to my Panny BD80 and Denon 2930CI.
Blu-ray video performance on the Oppo via HDMI to My Sony XBR6, was VERY GOOD.
I was using the following settings: 16:9 wide, 1080p 24output , HDMI auto, 4:4:4 color space - 36 bit HDMI deep color.
Blu-ray Movies used for PQ testing:
Speed Racer ( pushes color platelet to the max.)
Bakara (great detailed images of people and places)
Celion Dion : Live in Las Vegas ( great live concert images)
I,Robot ( great special effects & reference PQ)
The Oppo's audio performance delivered, and was much better than I expected.
First off this player has exceptionally high dynamic output using the analog 7.1 connections via my Denon AVR 5803.
Speakers were all set to small using the Oppo audio menu and all trim settings were left at zero.
Speakers used in setup : (5) M&K S5000 (4 on M&K tilting stands and 1 for center channel) - (2) M&K SS-500 ( wall/ceiling mounted in mid room) - (2) M&K SW95 (ceiling mounted) - & (1) M&K MK-5000 sub.
LFE output was VERY SOLID and dynamic and only required a +5 SW increase using my Denon's Ext In menu.
Highs and midrange were very transparent, and I really liked the sound of the Oppo's analog playback for blu-ray, SACD (DSD) & DVD-A.
Had no playback issues with any of the disc's I played using the latest firmware version with the exception of : Beatles Love DVD-A (won't play track 26 unless I pressed enter.)
Blu-ray's used for AQ testing:
Celine Dion: Live in Las Vegas ( Dolby TrueHD 5.1 96k/24bit)
Baraka ( DTS-HD MA 5.1 96k/24bit)
Transporter3 ( DTS-HD MA 7.1)
3:10 to Yuma (LPCM 7.1)
Hellboy2 ( DTS-HD MA 7.1)
SACD's used for AQ testing:
Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon (5.1)
Celine Dion : A New Day Has Come (5.1)
The Police : Every Breathe You Take (5.1)
Tommy : The Who (5.1)
DVD-A used for testing:
Seal: Best 1991-2004 (5.1)
The Beatles : Love (5.1)
Beck : Sea Change (5.1)
TigerLily : Natalie Merchant (5.1)
Fleetwood Mac : Rumors (5.1)
Overall very happy with the initial performance of this player, and look forward to more auditioning.
I do however have some minor issues with the Oppo that I would like to address.
First off is the speaker setup menu. NO TEST TONES.
I realize they supply a calibration disc, but a player like this should have this built in, IMO.
Secondly is the audio on screen display.
They supply quite a good deal of useful info such as audio formats : (example Dolby TrueHD &DTS-HD MA) number of channels (5.1 & 7.1) and video bit rate, but no understandable frequency (48kHz - 96kHZ - 192kHZ) output.
When I played Celion Dion : Live In Las Vegas blu-ray, it should output Dolby TrueHD 96kHz/24bit.
The Oppo on screen audio displays the following: VC1 BDMV 29.97Hz 16:9 ???
How does this show 96kHz/24 bit ??
Baraka when played displays on screen: VC1 BDMV 23.976Hz 16:9 ???
What does this mean??
Using the Oppo's on screen audio menu how are you suppose to tell if your blu-ray disc is outputting 48kHz - 96kHZ - 192kHZ ???
Does anybody else find this confusing and think there should be a clear frequency designation?
Other than these few minor complaints, I find this player extremely playable.