Originally Posted by edwinhernandez1986
I have a UB900 on order now should get it by the 23rd. Im torn by the announcement of the UDP-203. What do you guys think? Do you really think the OPPO will be the better player of the 2? I know its MSRP will be $499 which is better than $699 for UB900. Pros and cons guys please, not just because youre an OPPO fan. I want to hear from the guys who have been in both camps or have had experiences with Panasonics in the past as well as OPPO. Thanks in advance and I appreciate any input. I really have to make a decision within a couple days.
^ I was using a Panasonic combination Blu-ray player/personal video recorder before getting my Oppo 105 a few years ago. The main thing driving me to swap was that I wanted to be able to get region free access to Blu-ray discs and that was possible with an add-on kit for the Oppo. In terms of picture quality I felt the Oppo was better than the Panasonic though many say that there isn't much difference in picture quality. The analog audio output from the 105 was definitely better than the analog output from the Panasonic.
Build wise, the Oppo left the Panasonic far behind. The Panasonic build was lightweight and flimsy, the Oppo solid and substantial. Oppo menus were better organised and the Oppo remote more substantial in feel and better to use and the buttons on the Oppo remote r backlit so you don't have to fumble in the dark or turn a light on to see what you're doing. The Oppo 105 has 2 video inputs and offers video processing for them, has wifi and network capability, and can also be used as a very good quality stereo DAC and even as a pre-amp which is how I ended up using it for a long time, passing the audio output to a stereo power amp in a 2.1 system. The Panasonic has no inputs apart from minimal wifi/network capability. The Oppo manual is more detailed, better written, and a lot more useful than the Panasonic manual was.
All in all, the 105 was better and more flexible than my Panasonic player with the exception that it could not act as a PVR. It cost me close to 4 times the price of the Panasonic and I have never regretted purchasing the 105. I'm looking forward to the 203.
My Panasonic was a good player and I was never unhappy with what it delivered but I thought the 105 did better in every way..
If it came down to a choice between an Oppo player and a Panasonic player at the same price, I'd go for the Oppo every time. At a cheaper price I'd definitely go for the Oppo. I actually went for an Oppo at a much higher price than my Panasonic and have had no regrets. I bought the Samsung UHD player when I bought my LG OLED a bit over a month ago. The Panasonic UHD player was not available here in Australia at that time. The Samsung only gets used for UHD discs, I still use the 105 for all other disc playback and for video processing with my Apple TV, even though I no longer use the 105 as a pre-amp and run it through an AVR these days. I bought the Samsung with the intention of using it as a temporary measure until Oppo released a UHD player when I would replace the Samsung with the Oppo and I was expecting the Oppo UHD player to be more expensive than it sounds like it's going to be. I am still intending to replace the Samsung with the Oppo when it is released. The Samsung feels even flimsier than the Panasonic did in comparison to Oppo players and the Samsung remote frustrates me every time I use it. I'll be very happy to replace the Samsung and provided I can get a region free mod for the 203 I expect it will replace my 105 as well now that I am no longer using the analog outs of the 105,
.I am thoroughly impressed with my Oppo 105. The Panasonic wasn't bad, it was a good player but it wasn't what I would regard as an impressive player. I have no idea what the quality of the Panasonic UHD player is like, I still haven't seen one, but based on my experience with the 105 I'd take an Oppo over a Panasonic/Samsung/LG player every time. That's my opinion.