I thought I would chime in about my EAP2 experience. I have been hesitant to make any decision/comments until I had some time to play with the BDP-83. Also, with the quantity of posts on this thread, I am currently toe-dipping the waters since my time lately has been limited to answer questions or reply to comments.
I first tested the BDP-83 on my theater room (see below) and compared to my PS3. Then I tested on my Living Room setup on the Pioneer 6010. For each one, I adjusted Contrast/Brightness according the Munsil/Spears Bluray disc. Both setups used HDMI only.Speed/Times
The first thing I noticed was that the times were close to equivalent to the PS3 (just qualitative estimates and not quantitative data). BDP-83 is much faster than my Toshiba HD-A2. Based on power ups, open tray, load, remote response, I am happy. This is something my wife can live with unlike the HD-A2.Aesthetics
Much better looking than the PS3. The only thing that bugs me is the player display. The text on the display is not perfectly vertical but rather has a slight forward leaning slant to it. Like "Open
" and not "Open". Also, it would be nice if the display would dim one level lower. The display dim setting is fairly bright in a dark room. Other that that nitpick, its a nice looking unit.BluRay
Not much to say except Bluray is Bluray. Not much difference between PS3 and BDP-83.DVD
DVD playback is where the BDP-83 outshines the PS3. Immediately some other observers noticed DVD playback to be sharper than the PS3. I evaluated the Jaggies on the Munsil and Spears Bluray disk. The PS3 definitely shows jaggies while the BDP-83 does an excellent job. On my living room test on the Pioneer 6010, comparing to an older Denon 480p DVD player using Pioneer to upconvert to 1080p, the BDP-83 outshines. My wife immediately noticed the difference, so much that over the weekend she asked to keep the player downstairs for her to watch some movies. Now that is saying a lot.DVD-A
Only had a few minutes to play. The disk I put in (Sting - Album ??) locked up once I entered the playlist. Something I will try to duplicate.SACD
Again, I only had a few minutes to play. Played Pink Floyd DSOTM. I didn't have the time to tweak the audio settings to optimize the sound but it did play both Stereo and Multichannel. One issue I had, pressing Audio in the SACD did not change from Stereo to Multichannel. It would be nice if there was a feature to do so without entering the BDP-83 setup. Also, another nice feature would show if Stereo or Multichannel was selected for the OSD.OSD
Very nice and out of the way, much like the PS3 OSD. Something I am very happy with.Noise
Much quieter than the PS3. I didn't notice how much noise comes from the PS3 (40Gb model) until I did this comparison.Audio (Movie Playback)
Not to derail the BDP-83 discussion but I will note a few impressions. Using the BDP-83 to pass high resolution audio via bitstream to the Denon, and comparing against the PS3. Initially myself and observers noticed a difference in quality of sound. Some further tests by myself with better level adjustments sounded more equivalent between the two. I began to wonder if the quality sound difference deals more so with higher volumes when bitstream to the receiver. The higher volumes tends to open up the dynamic range allowing the sound to breath a little better (so to speak). Either way, it made me a feel a little better allowing the light on my receiver to exercise itself
So far, a quality product at a reasonable price. Now if I could get the same unit without SACD and DVD-A playback at a cheaper price for my living room, I would be very happy. At this point, unless the wife tries to claim the player for the living room, it is difficult to justify the expense for a 2nd player. But then again, that may change when the market/economy starts to look better.
Epson 1080 UB
B&W 802N, HTM1, DS3 sides, Atlantic Tech backs (unsure model)
Denon xxxx 480p DVD player