Originally Posted by CruelInventions
If you're in the camp who viewDACs as a trivial feature aspect (me) or conversely, you're in the camp who do think they matter a lot, but simply finds that the Oppo is inferior or at least nothing to write home about (you)
Yep this is accurate. And in addition in being not the best IMO I like things separate more than all-in-one so I can upgrade pieces like DAC, HPA, etc, as new stuff comes out. Like for example even if you think the Oppo headphone amp is great it still can't do what a Phonitor X can do.
, you don't own many/if any SACDs/DVD-As (you, correct?)
Yep, basically none. Although I do have a few old school PCM DTS CDs, I never invested in SACD/DVD-A first due to the format war, later due to DRM (pain to rip), and finally because I feel both were superceded by BD for multichannel (like my Pink Floyd DSOTM BD) and hires PCM/DoP digital files for stereo. And in most cases I actually feel a plain old 16bit/44.1khz file fed to a killer DAC (or vinyl fed to killer cart/phono pre for that matter) can provide awesome sound, moreso than a DSD file fed to a lesser DAC. So I really have basically zero of these discs.
then I think the answer is fairly obvious. Look elsewhere or stick with what you have.
Yeah that's why I haven't bought anything and am procrastinating. I did impulse order a couple of 203s out of "comfort" of something that would be like my current BDP95, but then I cancelled that order within an hour because I wasn't confident in the decision.
Sure, the long-term value of these players may go up. Or they may not. Too much of a gamble to use future value speculation as one of your purchase determining factors. For the people who find the Oppo represents an excellent value for their needs/beliefs, then even if the shorter and longer term $$ value isn't sustained, well, they'll still have a player which brings them value regardless.
This was a really helpful post, and I guess my scenario boils down to debating whether Panasonic/Sony will take the torch and fill in some of the missing gaps of their players important to playback while also evolving UHD technology. I have a literal mountain of BDs so I want to have the best experience for those BDs.
At this point i'm like 75% keep the BDP95 and add the UB9000 or future model, but am still not completely out of the 203 mindset either. The thing that is spooking me with the 203 is, aside from Oppo support waning, way too many reports of disc playback problems (freezing, stuttering, etc - on the 203, 205, Cambridge, etc - all of these players that use the same core Oppo design) with discs users report play "fine" on the Panasonic; reeks of 1st gen ROM drive issues like the Pioneer BDP-51FD I owned also had.