Originally Posted by Robert George
There seems to be quite a lot of hand-wringing over the issue of whether this player is good for large displays. Perhaps a couple of otherwise obvious things need to be pointed out....For Blu-ray disc playback, the BDP-80 is equal to the BDP-83. This is even stated by Oppo.
For SD DVD playback, one would do well to keep in mind that nearly all major brand Blu-ray players released in the past year and a half or so use SoC solutions (system on a chip), many of those inferior to the Mediatek solution used in the BDP-80.
So, unless one is in the market for a player of the caliber of the BDP-83, or if streaming low res video is a deal-breaker, anyone considering spending $200 to $300 on a major brand BD player would be foolish to not consider the BDP-80. The worst you will get with the BDP-80 is one of the best BD/DVD players on the market.
Now, with that off my chest, I wanted to say I am mightily impressed with the build of this new player and the packaging Oppo uses. I had the player delivered to work so I have only had a chance to open the box and fondle, er, I mean, examine the contents. The packaging is the best I have seen of any retail product I have sold. I'm a dealer for Sony, Pioneer Elite, LG, among others, and the build of this player is equivalent to something that would say "Sony ES" on the front. It is certainly a cut above the players currently being sold by Sony (standard), LG, Pioneer, Samsung, and just about every other player I have seen.
And this is the cheap one!?
I can't wait to plug it in.
Well I remember reading why you didn't go for the 83 per se and for much of the same reasons I didn't want to as well.
Well folks, just let me say first these last 3 days of waiting for it was as hard as the waiting months for a new release I ever wanted.
I didn't have lots of quality time with the audio last night because the player arrived later than I expected and I got engrossed in something else beforehand I had to do and put off so figured I should get it out of the way.
With volume low and wanting to really set my attention to the PQ first off anyway, the initial impression began. I wasn't planning to do comparisons for a week or so besides with my other players.
The more BDs I tried, I have a smallish Samsung LCD, the more I felt this player was very good for the price. I have three others (PS3, LG BD390, and Panny BD30) and I paid more for each of those and we all know only the PS3 included SACD for which I have many discs. I have a separate music system but I'll eventually try some discs with my Onkyo SR605 for kicks.
The player is rather thin and I set its feet on hockey pucks to give it a bigger sense of presence in my rack. It isn't a looker per se but I would not call it ugly by any stretch.
The remote is very nicely laid out. I very much like the bigger buttons and the directional buttons actually pointing appropriately. It gives me a feel for them besides just memorization. Each button is fairly well spaced so no hitting more than one and also by accident hitting top menu, pop up, etc like some remotes are designed right along side the directional ones.
Time will tell and I have lots more to watch and listen to besides doing comparisons for evaluation purposes.
Load times? Pretty fast and probably better than 90% of the players out there so really nothing to complain about.