Originally Posted by Kage
I have the Oppo BDP-83 and I'm considering to return it this week, because I don't care to use for most of its features. I might order the 320 at amazon.com, because I want an excellent blu-ray player with excellent 2 channel analog sound for audio cds, and excellent blu-ray and dvd performance. My questions on the 320 are:
1. Does it have the same glitches as the late build 51FD with FOX blu-ray movies?
2. Does it offer the same pq as the 51fd and same dvd performance?
3. Are there any glitches that I should be aware of?
4. Will Netflix blu-ray movie rentals work flawlessly on the 320?
If I do order the 320 and return the Oppo, I know that I will have slower loading times, but in return I will get better 2 channel analog outputs to use it as a cd player and perhaps better pq. With the $180-$200 difference I can use it towards buying blu-ray movies, or put it towards my car payment.
Kage, I faced a similar dilemma with an oppo versus 320 a little while I ago for my bedroom. I settled on the 320 in the end. The load times are annoying on the 320, but BD PQ is identical best i can tell. SD upconversion is pretty damn close, but better on the oppo if your display is large enough to show its benefits. I have not had any trouble with Netflix rentals on the 320 (roughly ten), but did have trouble on the 51 (experienced about a 20% fail rate). The error correction does seem better on the 320 or i just had a sensitive 51.
My local Pioneer rep has the 320 for $15 less than amazon. That is nearly $200 less than the oppo shipped. If you are not interested in DVDA or SACD playback, I think most folks would be best suited pocketing the $200 and grow a little more patience with the 320. I do not know about the 23FD. If it proves faster, then it might be worth its price. If not, I would opt for the 320, especially if you're relying on HDMI transport.