Originally Posted by cpcat
The reality is that it really is an excellent player and probably not much can do everything
it does at its price point. The exception maybe being the Denon 3800 and that's just because it's discontinued and going for a big discount.
can do what the BDP-83 does at it's price point. For all
the features that the BDP-83 does have, even the Denon 3800 does not come close.
player that comes close, is the Denon A1 that costs 9 times
the price of the BDP-83.
Those are the facts, with no slant, no bias, and no preference.
Much of the feature-set really aren't things that many need in one box though.
Apparently it meets the needs of lots of people though, hence the thousands of players sold.
Of course everyone does not need a BDP-83, as a lot of people have lesser needs.
This is why there are many different players on the market, and why they all sell some amount to some people.
Assuming the video processing in the player is at least capable, I'd propose that the vast majority couldn't actually see much (if any) differences in "upconversion" with actual programming in a blind test.
You may be right about that for the majority of the general public, with exception to playing optical media that is compatible with most players.
However, that is not the point of creating such a product as the BDP-83 is, and one of the reasons why it does not sell at Best Buy, or Wal-mart, ect...
The player caters to many niche markets, including aspiring a/v enthusiasts who can not afford the high end players that offer very little performance that can rival what the BDP-83 offers.
In other words, the majority of BDP-83 owners can
tell the difference in advanced upconversion and superior deinterlacing, and is one of the reasons why they buy the player.
Another wild card is streaming capability which doesn't seem to get discussed much here, but I suspect will continue to become increasingly more popular.
I agree that it will
become more popular. However I also agree with some of the other assessments with regard to the low quality and/or low selection, ect... of what something like Netflix offers.
I personally like the concept of it myself, and as the technology grows, it will become even more popular.
OPPO has already implemented some experimental features in the BDP-83 with DNLA compatiblity as well as the BluTV functionality.
Here we see once again OPPO giving more to their customers, even after the player has been paid for.