Originally Posted by suffolk112000
Thanks for offering your feedback Elwaylite.
I am starting to think the only difference between the two will be modest picture quality improvements with SD-DVD’s and perhaps slightly better sound from the 93...?
The only thing really holding me back is the upconversion improvement on a 9’ screen that I know the Oppo will give me.
The question is, how much of an improvement…
The Panasonic 85 is a pretty mediocre upconverter. I don't care what anyone says. You have a 9' screen...don't even consider the Panasonic. The reviews are using MUCH smaller displays than that if they're claiming it's upconversion is good - either that or VERY well mastered SD DVDs.
Here's a link to a little shootout I did on my own which included the Panasonic 85. I used 2 identical copies of several discs in 2 machines at a time so that I could easily swap back and forth for comparison. While I did the tests with a few movies, I used American Beauty for most of the comparisons, as it is a sufficiently bad transfer with plenty of flaws. The ABT chip (Oppo 83, Denon receiver) did very well and only the Pioneer 320 (same internals as 23fd) looked anywhere near as good with the same material.
As a side note, I normally watch SD DVD at 1/2x zoom on my 106" screen as I hate soft pictures. After getting rid of my Oppo 83, I now zoom down on the projector (motorized zoom allows me to go down to around 84") but kind of miss the 1/2x zoom offered by the Oppo. I have a 93 on the way however.
Mini upconversion shootout including ABT chip in Denon receiver (same as Oppo 83), Panasonic 85, Oppo BDP-80, Pioneer 320, Denon 1610:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=4796