Originally Posted by pierred
am I the only one to find the general usability of the Oppo to be horrendous and slow? It seems the control logic is single-threaded.
It's the first time I've read "horrendous". I don't agree. It isn't perfect, but I like it better than any other VHS, DVD, or BR player I've used ... except the Panasonic A-110 DVD player had a smooth fast-forward I've never seen duplicated.
The BDP-93 is obviously dead to the world while it starts. From the symptoms, it's performing a cold boot and not simply resuming from sleep. It's slower, but IMO it's more reliable. I'd probably make the same choice myself (but: I haven't done embedded programming in over 20 years and never did any for consumer electronics.)
I do find the UI to be slower than I'd like. Watching it run leads me to believe that the (main?) processor running Linux doesn't have enough power to drive the UI any faster. Even so, the UI is laid out well, its performance is predictable, and it's faster than any other BR player I've used. Compared to the non-disc WDTV+ (or whatever it's called), it's vastly superior.
If we want a "better", "more-responsive" boot, UI, etc., we'll be paying more for our players because, as you know, it increases development cost (a fast, predictable, and pretty, iOS-like UI is a massive sunk cost) and each player would need a faster, more-expensive CPU.
Do I really need a $500 BR+DVD+USB+eSATA player? No.
Do I wish I had bought something else? No.
Would I pay more? It depends on how much more and what I get for my money.