Originally Posted by smurraybhm
Not as simple as that Chris. Let's say you spend $179 for the LG, and $560 for the Oppo. What is being missed is the resale of the Oppo 2 or 3 years down the road. I have sold an 80, 93, 103 and used the funds from those players to purchase my next Oppo (latest greatest) for under $200 each time. Everyone forgets how well the Oppo players hold their value, which allows you to move up to the new player for about what the less expensive models from LG or Sony cost.
Even if you don't need the "universal" functions of the player. Oppo is great - top notch customer service (they respond on weekends) and frequent firmware updates, which help with disk compatibility issues that appear to be even more prevalent with 4k Ultra disks along with other fixes/new features. Plus they keep pushing the updates out for years, not just until the new models are released. Still remember getting that firmware notification is available for my 83 - 5 years after buying it
That's the one Oppo I've not been able to part with, guess since it was my first one.
You can also run your streamer of choice via the HDMI input through the Oppo to the LG - Oppo's video processing has always been top-notch.
smurraybhm, like you, I still have my trusty old Oppo BDP-83. It has DVD/Blu-Ray upscaling abilities like no other player I've seen. (Though, I've not seen the BDP-203 in operation.) My BDP-83 is my only disc player and it feeds directly to my LG OLED 55B7P. I don't subscribe to any streaming sources, so the 83 is my only source of program material other than the Comcast X1 cable box. I haven't gotten a 4k player yet, but when I eventually do, upscaling from DVD & Blu-Ray will be every bit as important to me as it is now, because I have literally thousands of DVDs & Blu-Rays, most of which won't ever be available in any higher resolution format. How would you compare the relative picture quality of the following "DVD to 4K" and "Blu-Ray to 4k" upscaling options ...
1. DVD: BDP-83 to LG OLED (letting the OLED do all the upscaling)
2. DVD: BDP-83 to LG OLED (upscaling on the 83 to 1080 and letting the OPPO do the rest)
3. DVD: BDP-83 to LG OLED (letting the OLED do all the upscaling)
4. DVD: BDP-203 to LG OLED (letting the 203 do all the upscaling)
5. DVD: BDP-203 to LG OLED (letting the OLED do all the upscaling)
6. Blu-Ray: Same basic comparisons, but with Blu-Ray instead of DVD
Additionally, can the HDMI input on the 203 accept an HDMI output from a cable box and pass it through to its HDMI out? If so, would "cable box to 203 to OLED" (with the 203 doing the upscaling to 4k) tend to produce a better picture quality than cable box direct to OLED (with the cable box, the OLED or some combination of the two doing the upscaling)?