Originally Posted by duc135
That was a good move on your part. The Oppo is WAY overkill for people in your situation. If all you use it for is to play BD and nothing else then you will be better served buying a cheap ~$100 BD player from any other manufacturer. I have always stated this when people post whether the Oppo is for them or not.
Now if you step it up and need any of the other features that the Oppo offers like true universal disc compatibility (minus HD-DVD) and very good analog outputs, then Oppo is king at this price range. As for audio/video quality there are diminishing returns on investment as the prices go up. Even then, only people who have considerable investments will realize all or some of the benefits. Those are the people with bigger screens and good quality speakers and that have all been properly calibrated. These are the people that the Oppo is targeted for.
There are many other benefits of the Oppo, but for the majority of users it's just plain overkill. The majority of the population will be better served (in terms of not spending more than they need to by going with considerably less expensive alternatives. Just keep in mind the Oppo is advertised as a universal player, not just a BD player.
I have gone through:
1: Playstation 3 (fat) - (drive died in 4 months - repaired by Sony, sold to friend, drive died again, out of warranty)
2: Samsung BD-UP5000 (won't play Blu-rays - died in 8 months)
3: Sony S550 (drive died after 6 months)
4: LG 550 (problems with several Blu-ray discs - firmware is spotty and often creates more problems than it fixes)
5: Samsung BD-C6900 (problems with playback on numerous discs)
That works out to be around $1600 that I threw down the drain.
On the other hand, the Oppo 93 I purchased has played every single disc I have put into it. They are built like tanks. The player's Source Direct setting is worth the price of admission. Their firmware and customer support is exemplary. The quality of this device is blatantly obvious from the moment you first open the box.
Best $499 I have ever spent on a disc-based player, bar none. You can complain about the dropping of ISO support (not really their fault), and other niggly bits, but as a Blu-ray/DVD/AVI(and ETC) player, as far as I'm concerned, it's worth every single penny.