I prefer the oppo 95 myself. Especially at its reduced price point
I'm certainly not looking for another one, being more than happy with mine, but I'm mildly curious about where the reduced price of the Oppo 95 can be had. The only link I could find was Lintone Audio (from where I bought mine) including a free fitting of the usually £100 multiregion kit, but the basic price remains at £899.
About the new Oppo 103, putting "oppo 103 blu-ray player review" into google gives many links, but the most comprehensive one is a development of the second one, or directly here http://www.oppo-bluray.co.uk/reviews/bdp-103-105eu/ covering both the Oppo 103 and 105. The praise in these reviews (nearly all with downloadable PDFs) for both new machines is somewhere between very high and celestial. The findings of the What Hi-Fi review team in giving the Oppo 103 only three stars are at variance with everyone else.
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In my country oppo is best always.
Not in our country, the picture and sound aren't really up to snuff.
Gel was only joking!
My Home Cinema Pioneer KRP 500A, Yamaha RX-V1900, MA Radius R225HD LCR, R90HD rears, AW12 sub, Panasonic BD60, PS3, Boxee Box, Sky HD, Boxee Box, Logitech Harmony One, Logitech PS3 Adapter, Sonos ZP90
Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H
Miscellaneous: Synology DS212J + 2 X WD Red 2TB drives, WD 1TB NAS, Sonos ZoneBridge, BT HH3 as modem & AirPort Extreme router
I have to admit I was surprised too, but What HiFi have clearly giving it a thorough workout with the best demo equipment and come to the conclusion it does not measure up against other Blu-ray players. Picture and sound quality for the money seems to be its downfall. I looked at the spec on the Pioneers at £200 and compared it to the Oppo for £500 and there is not much in it, but sure you get a nice case to put it in for the extra £300.
Main AV Setup: Panasonic 50VT65 TV, Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1, Optimum AV300 AV Stand, QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable & Chord Silver Plus HDMI Cables. Gadgets: iPad Air & iPhone 5S
I'll try my link again (thanks for telling me, bigboss) for glowing reviews of both the Oppo 105 and 103
What's your point though? Reviews are subjective, neither are wrong or right.
Mind you it's still funny watching the fanboys rabidly defending their purchasing decisions, as if this one review suddenly implies they were stupid to spend their money on an Oppo, when it doesn't mean anything of the sort.
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I'm interested in reading the review before saying too much.
Pop in and I'll put the 103 up against any of the Pioneer Bluray players and I'll show you how much better the 103 can look via a decent projector on a 9ft screen. I replaced my £1200 Bluray player with the 103 purely based on the fact that makes it look like a I have a new projector. Also, CD's, including SACD's sound pretty amazing through a system we have set up in our main demo room - Audiolab 8200AP, Primare A30.7, PMC Twenty.24's with Twenty centre, and dual stacked Ken Kreisel DXD12012's. The power amp in this system rotates between the Primare A30.7, Audiolab 8200x7, and Bryston 9Bsst2. Whichever power amp we use, the system just sounds amazing, regardless of volume.
In fact, if anyone wants to pop in, feel free (not today, I'm not there!)
As others have said, all other reviews haven't given these players anything near a three star review, so it'll be interesting to find out why WHF disagrees. If a 103 can't get a 5 star review for £500, I can only assume we won't be seeing any 5 star reviews (or even 4 star) for any current Bluray players...
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Ooooo......I would love to compare the Oppo with other players!
I'll let you know when I'm passing Coventry.
I agree! Hence in my post at 12:52am I carefully did not say whether anyone was right or wrong, merely that there was a difference of opinion.
It is a pretty damning review to be honest, I would be interested to hear your views once you read it. Yep, thanks for the invite, it has been a while since I have been to the Midlands, look forward to it sometime. Cheers.
Every other publication gives it 4/5 stars. HCC has listed the 103 as their reference player. Industry experts sing its praises, yet What Hi-Fi give it 3 stars?
This Reviewer is in the wrong job and hasn't a clue.
Yes, I have the 103 and find it a fantastic player, an improvement on my old 93. PQ especially DVD upscaling is excellent, superior to my old 93 and my secondary Panasonic 220 player. WHF review just states the basics of the player. No in-depth detail, doesn't mention any of the key features in any depth. Upscaling capabities, hdmi inputs etc. Speed of the player. Review is a bad joke.
Every time I get ready to buy a 103 some thing comes up makes me think should I ?
I was worried that the 4k player might happen so would be out of date very quickly ! I know it up scales to 4k but not the same as real 4k I am guessing a bit like a DVD player upscaling to 1080p
Then this review which I have not seen my copy of the mag is properly at home but won't be home until Sunday evening
The reasons I want one is sacd and dvd audio only have a few discs but I like music in surround
another bonus today I use a app called O Remote to control the Onkyo 809 but had a update and will control the oppo as well so I would be able to control reciever from my iPad or I phone 5
Samsung 40 6600 LED TV Onkyo TXNR 809 MA Apex Oppo 103
ian 986 and any other doubters.Go audition them!
The offers there. You will not be disapointed. With the right partnering equipment, against anything else around, no touching oppo. They are simply fantastic.
Me thinks David will be very busy for a while.
I thought it was quite a comprehensive review, if the picture and sound quality aren't up to snuff, what's is there left to say? I definitely will not be buying this product.
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