Originally Posted by heavyharmonies
After posting last night and awaiting replies I decided to go the 2-HDMI route to see if that would work, and it does. So it's not my HDMI cables at issue. I can live with it as a workaround for the moment, but not a viable long-term solution.
This thing feels half baked and not ready for prime time.... rushed to market.
I know people here love them some Oppo, but personally I'm not feeling it. I love the notion of consolidating from the Samsung + separate SACD/DVD-A player down to one unit, and the Oppo, in theory, provides more bells and whistles, but thus far the $566 is not proving to be a good investment. I'll try contacting them later today.
Because people never have any setup/equipment issues
Sorry if that's a strong response, but justified given your generalization its half-baked not ready for prime time. Interesting how some with troubles are so quick to toss Oppo under the bus as you have done. Has everyone forgotten the issues that Panasonic (more expensive than the Oppo) and Samsung had with their players a week after they were released? Less than a week after release Oppo has beta firmware out to start addressing the issues being discovered, more on the way. Has Samsung fixed the red push months later? Have you ever tried to contact Samsung or Panasonic on the weekend and gotten someone who knew what they were doing to help you? Say what you want about this player, we all enjoy the right to speak freely, but Oppo has a proven track record with its products (see reviews), great customer support and addressing issues with its players usually very quickly.
Given all the hype around this player I can understand the disappointment that its not plug and play. Guess those of us with Oppo experience should have tried to make that clearer a month ago. In the end they get it right, but as we've said bugs on release are not a new phenom with Oppo - sorry it would be a lie to say otherwise. Remember there are a lot of variables at work, especially now that 4k and HDR are part of the equation and we have learned repeatedly that all HDMI cables are not created equally despite what their manufacturers claim. We also know that some manufacturers of av equipment have had their issues with how their units interact with other devices via HDMI - D&M is one of them (see below I own one).
I had to make a few adjustments myself, like buying a new cable and changing some output settings on the Oppo. Admit when I saw the blank screen on my display I had a few doubts about the player being right for me. I find it interesting we have folks buying a high end player who don't understand that their receivers HDMI inputs are not spec'd the same or that a display can have different video settings for each of their HDMI inputs. Then they jump on this thread and imply the player is bad - instead of providing information about their setup and what they might be doing wrong. None of us ever make mistakes, right
Just to make sure those reading this thread who have yet to buy a 203 read something positive, mine is working great and is playing all of my shiny disks (UHD, Blu, SACD, DVD-A and DVD) well. Equipment is listed below and I've always been a separate audio/video HDMI cable run guy from the Oppo to my display/receiver - Bob gets credit for that year's ago even though he was the first to mention that this approach wasn't necessary and didn't improve audio or video performance. Never missed the a/v menus
Great to read that it appears the stuttering some experienced has been addressed by one of the beta firmware updates. Hopefully it will be ready for prime time soon and pushed out to all of us since there is usually a few other things that are addressed that we may have not yet discovered.
Look forward to reading about the posters outcome once they talk to Oppo support this afternoon - rant over - no apology though as Oppo earned my loyalty/business years ago. Hopefully soon others will understand why there are those of us who would likely be referred to as Oppo "fans" or in my case zealot.