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Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Well, a sad day, indeed. A quality company, IMHO. I have been a happy OPPO 103 user for a long time. It's been my "go to" player for all discs and .mkv files.
Back in the day when Bluray first came out as an improvement on DVD's - - there was a huge quality jump. And, you could really see the quality of the OPPO players against the competition. The solidness of the build, the look and feel compared to the competition.
Fast forward to 4K & HDR. Or shall I say "fake" 4K/HDR Bluray discs. After acquiring my Sony 900E 75" set, I picked up a Samsung K8500 player. Since I do not buy any Bluray movies, period, I decided to rent 4K/HDR Blurays from 3DBlurayrental.com. I was totally "underwhelmed" by the supposed 4K/HDR releases. Now, maybe it's my old Samsung player (which I promptly sold on Craigslist) but the quality was not better, perceptibly, than a regular Bluray disc as "upscaled" by my Sony 900E. A real disappointment. To me, Netflix streaming in 4K/HDR looks better than 4K/HDR discs on my Samsung K8500 player. I've been told, countless times, that this can't be true. Well, it is/was for me. And my old BenQ W1080 Short Throw projector with a 100" screen? Mothballed after seeing the stellar color and sharpness of 4K/HDR on my Sony 900E.
I still rent regular Bluray discs from Redbox (mostly for the Dolby Atmos soundtracks) and they look fabulous as upscaled by my TV via my OPPO 103.
Streaming wise, I love the $1.00 specials with Google Play Movies. And honestly, the content and PQ look excellent on my TV.
So, in summation, I think the OPPO decision also has to do with the cost of the new 4K/HDR Bluray and the number of "fake, faux 4K/HDR" discs that don't provide "the bang for the buck," or "the amount of juice for the squeeze." Streaming is here to stay and the convenience, price (if you take advantage of deals) and picture quality far exceeds the benefits and quality of a higher priced player like the OPPO's - - sans for AVS Forum afficionado's & Home Theater enthusiasts.
Home Theater Setup
SONY 75X900F & 49X900E, BenQ W1080ST, Denon X5200 & Emotiva XPA-3
AudioSource 100VS, OPPO 103 & Samsung K8500, 9.1.4 Setup - Speakers - Studio 60's,
V.2 (FL/FR), CC-690 (C), V.5, ADP 590 V.5 (SS), MilleniaOne 2.0 (BS) - Velodyne 810 Sub,
Cornered Audio (FH/RH), Definitive Technology (Front Wides)