I own the 103 (and am very happy with it). and presently have 3 bluray players in my rack. My 203 still remains unopened in its box. I love tech, and it takes a lot for me to stare at a box and not open it. Yes, I know about the trial period, but don't want to bother with it unless things improve.
I have read every post in the 203 thread and the Panny vs 203 comparison thread. At this point, as much as I want to keep the 203, I am concerned with the video and audio drop outs, as well as the numerous reports of a softer picture than the Panny. I also wonder if there is a drive defect that is clouded by the early firmware problems. Been there done that with a $1,800 Samsung DVD player.
I still may keep the 203, but only if a new firmware comes out in the next few weeks solving the above problems. I do need the working HDR stripping feature, unless the Sony has it, I will need to buy a Lumagen, as I would rather not go the Fury route.
A very much agree with JlgLaw, features I will likely not use are far behind picture quality in priority. Two additional features I will use on the Sony are its streaming features, which are done very well on the bluray player discussed above, and it's Control4 two way compatibility. Dolby Vision will only be useful to me if the 5000es, someday gets a hardware upgrade for it, which I would think is not likely. If anything, it would get an HDR with Dynamic Metadata upgrade.
My brother has the Sony high end Bluray player that looks very much like these 4k players and shares some of the tech. It is a phenomenal player, and didn't have one glitch.
Last edited by G-Rex; 01-14-2017 at 05:55 AM.