Originally Posted by CrazyEddie
Well, IMO the Oppo 203 is much
better for PQ. (But you do lose that pretty Plex or Kodi UI.) And it auto-handles the color space too.
- The Shield is still available on the market.
- The Shield is a lot less expensive even when the Oppo could be purchased new.
I sold my 203, mainly because I found that when playing blu-ray or 4K HDR rips at native resolutions (which is how I always play them since I have a JVC RS500 1080p / eShift 4K PJ) I couldn't tell any difference between Shield and 203.
And as you say, you need to select resolution / color space manually (which I have set on 1 button on Harmony accomplished via Vertex to handle the HDMI / Color space change) but it's simple.
You can also use multiple apps on the shield (SPMC, Kodi, for example) and have certain display parameters set for each app, and maybe watch 4K files via one and 1080p files via the other one - there are maybe a few different ways to ease the display properties thing. AFAIK
, the playback engine is the same in both of those apps.
Playing DVD (480i) non-film based rips however is handled better by the 203. Between the scaling and the de-interlacing required, the 203 was tops. But I have found with the right settings the Shield gets very, very close. (The ATV4K will not, no matter what app or settings, fwiw, though it does well on blu-ray and 4K like the shield).
Via Kodi, Plex or SPMC, the Shield interface is much better than the 203, as pointed out, but I liked the Oppo companion app on Android to browse or select media files for playback. I'm not aware of something like that for Kodi/Plex/SPMC and the Shield, but somebody please let me know if that's possible.