In PQ, what I've noticed between Blu-ray players are noise levels at default settings at least, and Bigboss is welcome to disagree . It's my personal bugbear, and I found the Sony 370 noticeably better than the 360, and my CA 751BD admittedly marginally better still.
I know my display is not the best around, so that could come into play as well. Also WHF's reviews tended to favour the Marantz 7006/Denon 2012 for pictures at the high end. What's notable about these stablemates is that they employ the Anchor Bay video processors rather than the now ubiquitous Marvel Qdeo ones that CA/Oppo favour, as well as Onkyo and I think some Pioneers as well.
What's also notable is that Marantz/Denon don't state the make of their newer replacements, but if WHF's Marantz 7007 is anything to go by it may still be the Anchor Bay.
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There should be 3 players on your demo list
These players are exceptional, the Oppo just edges it for me. The bigger your screen the more benefit you get with these expensive players. What I mean is, the difference is not so obvious on smaller sets.
Would love to hear what you choose
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thanks to all the replys .to answer strapped for cashs question yes i do own a lot of dvds and even if money was no object i still wouldnt rebuy them on blu ray.so a high end blu ray player would perhaps do a better job of upscaling.im upgrading to hopefully the panasonic zt60 in may .maybe its just my ignorance being new to home cinema but spending 4000 on a tv then only 200-300 on a blu ray player even tho these players do get great reviews seems like im cheaping out.hence the reason i fancy the oppo 103 and other models up to 1000.
It's only "cheaping out" if you're not getting the best out of your system.
Since you own a lot of DVDs and you'll be playing them on an expensive and relatively large TV, you may well get value from the right mid-to-high end BDP.
I'm fast becoming an advocate of blind auditioning, when possible. Obviously you can't do this with TVs, as you'll be looking at the product. With source components such as Blu-ray players, however, and amplifiers and receivers if the retailer is willing to play the game, blind auditioning should be entirely possible.
Test a well reviewed budget, mid-range, and high-end BDP with Blu-rays and DVDs and see what you think. You may notice no difference between the three. You may find you prefer the budget model and save yourself a fair bit of money. If you prefer the high-end model following a blind audition, at least you know your money will be well spent.
In my view, everyone should audition this way, with no commentary from the retailer to gently steer you in the most expensive direction. Take a blindfold or close your eyes. It'll be like when the football scores are shown on the news. The retailer can tell you when to open your eyes, so you don't see on-screen manufacturer logos and the like...
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hi everyone been into home cinema for a year now .i have the yamaha ysp 2200 soundbar ,panasonic bdt 210 and the panasonic 55vt50 .i want to upgrade my blu ray player but im not interested in online services .i just want the blu ray player with the best possible picture.all the high end blu ray players have a multitude of features im just not interested in except the twin hdmi outputs and 3d .im i wasting my money on the oppo 103 denon ud 2012 ,marantz etc or do these players justify the price just for picture quaility.i have a budget of up to £1000.
Hey there wasp... I had the Sony 370...... I now have the Sony S790... quite brilliant !
Lounge : Samsung PS51E6500, Sony BDP S790, Virgin media XL with HD Sports Channels (BT &Sky), Yamaha RX-V673.
Tannoy Arena 5.1 with stands.(http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/hi-fi-and-audio/hi-fi-and-av-speakers/tannoy-arena-96472/review)
Bedroom: Panasonic PX70 TV and a Sony BDP-370 Blu ray Player & Kitsound Boomdock. (quite superb for sound)
So far :)
I would love to do a showdown on all 3 of these against my LX55 to see what the differences are if any - that would be a fun day
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thanks again to all those who gave me their opinion.a lot of guys on these forums have forgotten more than i will ever know.i am going to go with the oppo 103 only slight problem i have with this is that every single review ive read about is player is outstanding except for bloody what hifis review.id go for the oppo 105 but i only have the yamaha ysp 2200 soundbar.i have a 55inch screen just now and im getting the panasonic zt60 if its under 4000 aswell as having it professionaly calibrated. i have a ton of dvds that im never rebuying on blu ray and the oppo seems to upscale very well.
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The Oppo is one of the best DVD upscalers in the market today.
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Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H
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my friend has the same set up as yours and he got the sony s790 blu ray player looked great though his meridian projector give it a try too
Having a Meridian Projector - now thats just showing off - I am well jel !
old one he works there so got it cheep
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