Nobody?? Nothing out there as good as the Oppo for the money??
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Doggiehowser, I don't know where you're getting the idea that the Cambridge player is based on the Oppo. That's not my understanding; I reviewed the 840C for Dagogo.com and have owned it. My understanding is that they use the Analogue Devices chips which are 24/192, not the ESS chips.
I think someone has given you bad information.
Yea, sorry I did not word that right. What I really want to do is buy new, and local this weekend if possible. And just wondering if there was anything other than Oppo that is really good. I need something that does good on both movies & music. I could get a nice cdp and one of the million slim line El cheapo bluray players, but really want a good all in one box solution if possible.
12-29-12: Douglas_schroeder:::He may have been referring to
the 650BD which shares some DNA with the Oppo. See
43/index.html and click on the footnote referring to Mediatek.
The Oppo 103 is only 500$ new. And Oppo is the ONLY product I know of that has never had a discouraging word spoken about it. From what I have read on the Video sites, their gurus say blu-ray is blu-ray, so the differences to look for are the feature set and the Audio. Everyone praises the Audio on the Oppo. And as a plus, it's very well built. Most blu-ray only players are very flimsy. So you get blu-ray and a SACD player in the same package. Seems to be a good deal. Great customer service also.
Pretty much all the big box type Blu-Rays have some drawbacks. Oppo has it all. If all you want to do is play Blu-Ray and bitstream the new HD audio formats to a receiver, a lot of the main stream players will work fine. The Oppo is typically better at upscaling DVD, at playing SACD, DVD-A, etc. One feature I love is the ability to zoom by 1.1 or 1.2, which allows you to fill more of the screen with little loss of detail on good Blu Ray. Pretty much everything in the $100 to $500 range that is not an Oppo is a compromise. But if you do not need the flexibility of the Oppo, then a lot of the big one ones will be the basics. Kia versus BMW, but with a small price difference rather than the big one for the BMW. If you are really serious about video and audio, wait the week for delivery of the real deal. You are not going to get a cheapo Blu Ray and a separate CD/SACD/DVD-A for $500 that compares to the Oppo, unless you go deep into the use market.