Originally Posted by cyclones22
The Oppo is best in class when playing files in both video and audio. From network access to interface. If that's important to you, I'd get the Oppo but they have some kinks to work out in disc playback apparently and it'll cost you $250 more. The X800 can play files well for the most part but the interface and user experience is garbage and no Smb support sucks. Luckily I have the best of both worlds when combined with my Oppo 103D.
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Yeah, I was excited for a minute there when I thought I'd be able to get everything I wanted with the Oppo for about half the price with the Sony (which is listed at $400 CAD on Sony.ca website -- it hasn't shown up on Canadian Best Buy or Amazon sites yet as far as I know). If I went with the Sony, I'd end up using a media server and fiddling with subtitle settings while having to leave my PC running and all that... In that case, I'd just continue playing files directly from my PC. If I were going to get a new disc player, I may as well go all the way and make sure it does pretty much everything I want.
I suspect any kinks with the UDP-203 will be worked out in due time.
Originally Posted by apw2607
As you stated, file playback is surprisingly good. Sony have taken steps to improve it, but its not perfect, and where it mainly falls short is PGS subtitles in MKVs. Other than that it pretty much plays back everything else including newer HEVC/H265 files. In some instances you do have to take steps to work around things. So if TrueHD is important, you need to put it in a M2TS container.
If you really want a richer user experience you can always use the Plex client on the x800 and you'll get all the nice movie and tv artwork. The problem is that the Plex client is restricted to 720p .... No Plex client Yet.
Being able to play TrueHD from MKV via USB would be nice, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker since I don't have many files like that currently. Most everything is DD or DTS core. But the subs are pretty dang important. If I could shove a movie on a USB stick or whatever, shut down the PC, and plug it into the Sony and have it display subs without trouble then I'd be laughin'.
I could use my PS4 with a media server, but again, the PC would be running and the dang PS4 forces 7.1 output over HDMI regardless of the original content. And of course, no UHD BD playback.