My interest in the Oppo has little to do with the supposed superior quality of 1080p or UHD Blu-ray picture quality compared to other players. They should all spit out the same 1's and 0's for 4k by default, and not alter the signal unless one specifically tells it to by altering some settings.
I am willing to pay a little more for an Oppo for many other reasons:
1) Everyone says that it has excellent build quality
2) It is to my eyes, clearly the most attractive looking player on the market, which will look very nice under my stand. That is worth something.
3) Since I will be using it to watch a lot of movies with the lights down, I truly value that the remote is full-featured and backlit, and automatically lights up when it is picked up. That is easily worth $50 more to me and other brands have crappy remotes (Samsung) or ones that do not light up (Sony), and the one that does light up (Panasonic) you have to push a button.
4) Since I can get excellent PQ from something cheaper, I value which player works best as a media player/networker, so I can consolidate equipment and cords, and people seem to say that the Oppo is best in this regard. I am willing to give it a try, to see if I can get rid of some of my older 1080p media players.
5) Perhaps the Oppos cost a lot more percentage wise, but not in real dollars, and I picked mine up at a significant discount to MSRP anyway, but the extra second year of warranty is also worth something over the lower-priced offerings.
6) I am told that they hold their value quite well, and there are not usually any major sales or price drops, except small discounts for open box refurbs, etc.
7) Paying more for a premium brand can get you much faster load times compared to say, a cheapo Philips which is slow.
8) There can be a visible difference in PQ when upscaling DVDs or BD's to UHD, and it would seem illogical that all players, including the cheap ones, would be completely equal in this regard.
9) I may at some point find use for the analog outs.
10) I may at some point find the unique HDMI in feature useful
11) If they continue to improve it, I may in the future find the HDR to SDR metadata strip feature useful, preserving a wider color gamut.
12) Having a frontal display is another small bonus that many cheaper brands do not offer.
I hope when the Oppo arrives in a few days it meets with my elevated expectations, and I am not disappointed. No worries, I have 60 days to try it, and could easily sell it for what I paid for it if need be, anyhow.
Last edited by OLED4UNME; 03-02-2017 at 06:00 AM.