Originally Posted by Ga Boy
I picked this player up from an HH Gregg store here in Atlanta For $199. I figured I would give it a drive around the block and return it if I did not like. Well I have to say I am mighty impressed. I think it is excellent with blu-ray and sd conversion. I have the Oppo 983 and I gotta tell ya my eyes say it is right there with it. I had my daughter and wife look as well; they too said they could not tell the difference.
I have a dedicated theatre room with the following equipment:
Sanyo PLV-Z700 projector with 100" screen viewed from 10ft.,
Onkyo 667 receiver (comes in the S6100 HTIB),
7 NHT Super One Speakers (4 in wall),
I have put the following Blu-ray discs in without a problem loading:
Kingdom of Heaven
March of the Penguins
Narnia Prince Caspians
The only glitch I did have was with Rambo I have to turn it a certain way to not get a disc error code. There is a noticable scratch on it. Load times seem fine to me; I don't feel like I am sitting watching paint dry.
The remote is nothing to write home about; wished it was backlit. The Blue lights in the front are way too bright but 5 minutes with black electrical tape and a razor knife solved the problem. I see nothing in the manual about firmware updates don't know if they intend to have any. So far this unit ain't no Lexus but it is a fine plain ole getter done machine.
I had bought the Samsung bd-1500 kept for a couple of months. It was like Russian Roulette you never knew if it was going to play a disc or not. The firmware updates would solve one problem but create another. It now resides in the Dekalb County Dump.
I was afraid to get the Oppo 83 because I had had audio drop-offs with the 983 with HDMI. My work around was just to use the optical output which is fine wiht SD DVDs which only do 5.1 but would not have worked with 7.1 on some Blurays. I set my system up to do 7.1.
I hope this is helpful it is just my opinion and opinions are like excuses everybodys got one.