Originally Posted by lovingdvd
A lot of people here were talking about the Oppo 93 player to match with their RS40/50. What lower-end yet still very good 3D player do you recommend (I don't need all the bells and whistles of the Oppo - just something solid with good performance). I still find it hard to understand how Sony thinks we are going to enjoy the PS3 as a blu-ray player with 3D since there is no HD audio in that scenario. I have to figure that sooner rather than later we'll see a new version of the PS3 to address this, ya think?
I would second Ron Jones. I do not need a dual HDMI out as I decided to go for an AVR upgrade (I also want to be able to play 3D from different sources, like my HTPC) and I do not care for the hi-end audio/video features of the Oppo (like the ability to V-stretch a 3D signal, or analog Audio).
I was tempted by a PS3 but didn't go for it because of the HD Audio limitation you mention.
So I bought a Sony S570, mainly because of the integrated wifi (which I don't need now, but may need if it moves to another location in the future) and the integrated 1GB, which leaves the USB port free for other uses. Also, if you have SACD Audio, the Sony does read them. Edit: I think the latest Sony players are faster than the Panasonics, and the interface is (subjectively) nicer. I used to have a Panasonic (BD-50) and although the PQ was good, they are really slow.
In the UK, it has the best performance/feature/price ratio at the moment, and has some of the best streaming offer (it does feature the BBC iPlayer). Apparently the picture and audio quality is second to none, at least for 2D/3D BD playing, which will be my main use.
I should receive it today or tomorrow, I'll let you know what I think outside of this thread if you want me to.
By the way, this is not to start an anti-Oppo war, I totally understand why some would think the Oppo is well worth the price, but there is no guarantee that 1) the 93 will ever be distributed in the UK and 2) that whoever sells it to you will not go bankrupt a month later, which leaves you high and dry if you need any kind of support, so it's too big a risk for me to take on such a pricey item. Completely different proposition in the US.