I pick neither of those players !
by NestoJR - 9/16/06 3:56 AM
In Reply to: DVD player - Which one? by SLLPC
I've been recommending this player to countless people (not sure how many online have actually listened to me as I don't follow-up) but w/o a doubt, you can't go wrong with the Oppo @ http://www.oppodigital.com/
For reasons why, visit www.avsforum.com and check out the dvd player forum and search for Oppo and also check out the Secrets' DVD benchmark at http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-bin/shootout.cgi?function=search&articles=all&type=&manufacturer=0&maxprice=0&deInt=0&mpeg=0
Now, if you just want a cheap budget player and would never even think of paying $200 for any dvd player when there are countless cheap ones out there that "work fine." then thats your choice but why skimp ?? You've put together a nice HT setup already, why skimp on your dvd source ?? THe Oppo is a great unit, fast navigation, seamless layer change, easily hacked into region-free, upconverts (which I dont' see much of a difference of on my CRT but flat panel users would benefit from it), it can play div x and wma files, dvd-r, etc. etc., does PAL conversion, comes with a HDMI cable and as said before, displays a great picture !! Get what informed home theater enthusiasts have known for a long time. Some people have complaints about the Oppo but they're just nit picking (and no the tray isn't as flimsy as it looks, I've had a cheap player that had a similar tray and when the unit is turned on its side, next thing you know the dvd is out of the tray and inside the player, not so with the Oppo).
Just my 2 cents... I'm happy with my Oppo that I've had for almost a good 2 years, never had a problem with it. To add another thing, recently I was helping my friend get a cobweb out of his CRT with the Oppo playing a dvd, as I was attempting to get up from behind the tv,the Oppo fell a good 3 feet down onto my back and everyone who was watching the dvd exclaimed at how the dvd didn't skip at all, just kept on playing as if it hadn't fell and hit me. I was impressed with that as I've never dropped mine while it was playing.
As far as your 2 players, if you're keeping them after all I've said, well... why are you asking us ??? Use them and see which you like better. Btw, I have a Hitachi 57" CRT and a Pioneer 1014, as well as some internet speakers (Onix Rockets and a SVS sub if u must know), so I do appreciate great value and good price to performance ratio and the Oppo is definately one.
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