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: Bought mine on amazon in late 2009, and have been very happy, but not as happy as last month when I installed an adaptor that enables play of all three blu-ray regions. Also good for PAL, I think, but haven't tried it for that, already owning a PAL DVD player. (PAL is not a category for blu-ray discs.) The adaptor is readily available on the web for about $40. You open the case and make easy connections.
Summary: I bought an Oppo BDP-83 Special Edition back in March of 2010 and was immediately impressed with its terrific video and audio quality. At $899, it was a bit pricey for me, but in light of how well this machine performs, I consider it an excellent value. In February of 2012, the machine developed an issue where it would no longer respond to commands from its remote control.
Summary: We bought OPPO BDP-83 two years ago from Amazon. OPPO has superior post sales service as well as the outstanding product performance. One week ago, my 10 yrs old son was pulling the disc tray by force when it was opening, leading to a mechanical damage of Loader Frame. The disc tray could not open/close after the incident. I contacted OPPO by email, and got their reply within 24 hrs. They suggested that they could repair the damage within 24 hours.
Summary: I am writing to edit my review of the OPPO BDP-83. I have changed my rating from 1 star to 5 for the following reason: After I had so much trouble with my BDP-83, OPPO offered to allow me to ship it back at their expense and return it to me fixed at their expense. I did not take advantage of their offer immediately as I was still thinking about what to do, which seems silly in retrospect. In the meantime, I received an email from the CEO of OPPO.
Summary: I purchased my OPPO BDP-83 from Amazon in April 2010. It is a wonderful machine. Alas, it started to malfunction. I know that some may think that for the price it isn't supposed to malfuction. However, any product can malfunction. Even a Ferrari can malfunction. Anyway, I digress. On December 19, 2011, I called OPPO Tech Support and explained my problem.
Summary: I chose this player because Oppo is known for excellent up conversion technology. I have a lot of DVDs and wanted them to look great on my new HDTV. This machine does a great job with my DVDs. In addition, Bluray look fantastic. I was also interested in listening to SACD format music and DVD-audio. The machine holds one disc at a time, which is fine for me.