Originally Posted by Jacob305
its more "ready" then most players that are released. I stand by that statement.
With the original firmware that the pre-release version shipped with the BDP-93 was definitely not "ready". Frankly, I believe that the initial beta testing was flawed and that there wasn't enough testing of all the features. It seems pretty obvious from looking at the AVS forums that the majority of the beta testers that post here focus on key aspects of the player while other things basically get ignored and those things don't get adequate testing.
Myself and other people I know who received pre-release BDP-93's were extremely close to returning them for a refund due to numerous major issues. We are also the owners of the BDP-83 and found the 93 in its pre-release form to be lacking and very buggy. I also must say that while I have also received wonderful support from Oppo via email or on the phone in the past the situation with the pre-release support and bug reporting with the 93 left much to be desired. It became apparent very quickly that not all the Oppo customer service staff really knew anything about the product because the ball was dropped in major ways numerous times.
With the above being said, the new official firmware has made enormous strides in resolving numerous issues. Better MKV support is required, however. The DTS in MKV leading to a crash is simply not acceptable and I believe this problem also dates back to the 83.
Long story short, at this point I am mostly happy with the 93 but it will never replace my 83 when it comes to upconverting my DVD collection. For Blu-Ray playback I will, of course, go with the 93 but the 83 will be my DVD player. For people who never had the pleasure of owning or seeing the output of a BDP-83 they won't know any better but as good as the 93 may be for DVD upconversion the fact is the 83 will always be better.
I'm hoping that Oppo resolves a few more critial issues before the official release to the public.