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 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 had never heard of this company before researching Blu-ray players and after giving them a try, I couldn't have been happier. From the moment I opened the box to the first movie I watched with it, I was in a constant state of awe. The packaging is spectacular -- it reeks of "high-end". They included audio and video calibration Blu-ray disks which was a welcome surprise and the end result is unbelievable.
Summary: I did quite a bit of research on Blu-ray players before I purchased the OPPO BDP-83. I found that regardless of what product review you're reading or whether it is written by a professional reviewer or someone who owns the product, Blu-ray players are almost invariably compared to the OPPO. The review will say that it doesn't load as fast as the OPPO, that it isn't quite as clear as the OPPO when the camera is panning, or that the picture is as good as the OPPO.
Summary: This is the best sounding player I have ever heard. I use the player in stereo mode only but now considering going to the 5:1 surround setup. You can get it direct from OPPO for $200+ less than Amazon though.