High End Universal Players ???


Looking for a quality built universal player for home movies as well as great 2 channel sound, looking for great audio as well as video quality. Getting confused with all the salesman guff.I currently am using a Marantz DV 12S2 which has served me well.
Amp - ML 336, Proceed BPA 3
Pre EAD Theatermaster Signature
Dynaudio 3.3 mains, JM Lab cobalt 800s rears and center speaker and Jm Lab sub Utopia 2
Thinking of perhaps a Esoteric,Bel Canto or ??? Any advise would be helpfull,cheers.
garyrb
I like my Linn Unidisk SC for music. I don't watch a lot of movies though, and it's acceptable in the movie department. I like it better compared to Bel Canto PL-1A, NAD, Denon, and others I've owned.
You didn't mention a price point, but the Esoterics are very nice, I used a DV-50s for several years and was very happy with it until I went to the new EMM Labs.
garyrb: I've loved my esoteric dv50s. It's been one hec of a DVD player. The redbook and sacd are pretty good to. I'll likely upgrade it one day, but in the 4 years of so that i've owned it, it just keeps performing.

I have a pretty hi rez set up. I have zero complaints on this unit. The newer Esoteric's have DVD upsampling which supposedly closes the gap some on blu ray. Again, I don't feel like I am missing that much as is...great pic and sound.
Esoteric players have transports built to last. The machines sound excellent, and Esoteric provides exceptionally good customer service.
oppo is the best science and value out there, why spend more.
My experience with Oppo was poor.... problems with picture and sound within a few days of operation. Returned it and won't go back. Just my experience... YMMV.

On the other hand, I purchased a used Pioneer Elite DV-47A for a great price and it worked flawlessly for 5 years & many, many hours playing kids movies before it finally gave up the ghost.
08-13-09: Pdreher
My experience with Oppo was poor.... problems with picture and sound within a few days of operation. Returned it and won't go back. Just my experience... YMMV

Almost everyone elses' milage did vary.Oppo's are very high quality for the $$ and have the best picture of any DVD player according to all the reviews.And they have the best customer support of anyone in the electronics business.You must have had a defective unit.They would have made it right with NO cost to you including shipping both ways.JD
How about a modded BDP-83. High end, low price.