Summary: You can spend about $70 at Wal-mart, maybe less, and get a Blu-ray player. Of course, that unit might end up being a doorstop after a bad firmware upgrade, or from just poor build quality. OPPO is definitely not in that league. The analog audio circuitry on this unit is awesome, the build quality is great, and OPPO supports their customer's needs.
Summary: OK, I had the first CD player McIntosh made ,, the MCD 7000, and after one refurb... its still playing and as a metter of fact Im playing it right now... still sounds great. Sooo, why do I mention it??? well, you see, I have had just about every manufacturers DVD players out there from Danon, to LG, to Sony to McIntosh and nothing was doing the job for me with SACDs like my 7000 was for CDs till this baby came along.
Summary: Just a tremendous Blu-ray disc player. Crisp picture, rich sound, and the upscale of the picture on non Blu-ray videos is the best I've ever seen. It plays music CDs with vibrancy and accuracy. Plus, it's a handsome to look at and easy to set up. It loads a disc so much faster than my previous machine. I'm very happy with this player. It's an A++++.
Summary: I have the Region 1 version of the BDP-83SE that I purchased from Music Direct for $899 about 6 months ago. I chose the SE because my system is geared more towards music than video and I do not have an HT processor or receiver. The analog stereo and multi-channel outputs of the 83SE go an Audio Refinement Pre-5 analog only 5.1 preamp, which in turn feeds a Sherbourn 5/1500A 5 channel power amplifier and Vandersteen speakers.
Summary: I wanted a Blu-Ray player that I could also use as a CD player with a good audio system. Based on magazine and user reviews I went for the Oppo BDP-83; it's pricey but quality is never cheap. This is the best piece of equipment I've bought in ages. You know it's a class act from the minute you open the box: the packing is snug and doesn't crumble, and it's easy to unpack (not so much praise for Amazon's packing: they put the Oppo box in a larger box with loose paper...
Summary: I needed analog audio since my Sony STR-DG800 amp doesn't believe HDMI really means 'multimedia' and doesn't do sound via HDMI. (No more Sony for me, ever again.) So some day I'll have to update that, but no time soon since it sounds fine. I was interested first in the Panasonic BD players, but their first offering (BD65?) was prematurely discontinued and pricing went crazy, and its replacement (BD80?) had limited availability and pricing went crazy.
Summary: I've used my Oppo for a few days now and am very happy with this purchase. I thought I'd post a few of the pros and cons. This isn't an exhaustive list, of course -- just some of the things that jump out at me right off the bat, which could be useful to some, since SOME of these things aren't much discussed elsewhere, as they may be too minor. Others of these are much discussed: Pros: SACD is an amazing format and this unit does SACD extremely well.
Summary: This is the second Oppo product that I have purchased; the first being the DV981 DVD player. As others have already mentioned, the BDP 83 is a very classy unit - from the packaging to the weightiness, appearance and operation of the unit, it exudes a level of quality that very few, if any, mass market consumer electronics possess.