Thanks for all the replies regarding my quest for the absolute best Netflix streaming device at any cost.
It appears from these comment and other forums that the PS3 is the best for now in both picture quality and audio quality, with the Roku being a close second. With the PS3 I also get a blue ray player, which is a nice benefit.
Next question: Does the Oppo 93 play blue ray disks with better PQ than the PS3? I wouldn't think there is much video processing necessary with 1080p24 source material other than MPEG decode. I don't believe the Oppo is doing any scaling or deinterlacing in this case, right? What benefit does the Oppo's mighty VP add to 1080p24 BR playback? Does the PS3 even offer 24 fps playback?
I think I am resisting the PS3 a little because it still looks like a kids gaming console rather than serious AV gear. Maybe I should get over this if it is really the best in both Netflix and BR. I can probably easily resell it in 6 months if/when Oppo improves its FW.
Originally Posted by tmeader
Fair enough, but if you're limiting your Netflix viewing to their HD streams, then obviously it's not the same situation as someone for whom Netflix streaming is very important.
Hence, once again, my recommendation that for someone who holds Netflix streaming as a high priority (HD, SD and interface all considered in the equation), a cheaper device makes more sense at the moment if that's your prime focus. Buy the Oppo because it's a good to great Blu-ray player, not because it can do Netflix HD well (which anything can... heh, except the Wii of course