I pulled the trigger on a Pioneer BDP-62FD.
Many, many thanks to everyone here for their input.
I vigorously researched the players recommended to me here (and through other communications): the Oppo players (83, 93 & 103), the Denon 1611UD and the Pioneer 62FD.
I am satisfied that the Pioneer will do all I would ever need it to do. THIS REVIEW--providing a rather direct comparison to the Oppo 103 --helped put me over the top and feel as if the Pioneer's price-point and the minor differences between the units (minor, at least, to my needs) made it the better match for me.
Now, I just need to wait for it to be delivered...
Did you read the review i posted, specifically this below, i know the Oppo's pass all the tests on Spears and Munsil.
With DVD content the Pioneer was virtually perfect, with no real issues to complain about. With Blu-ray content it didn't fare quite as well. With jaggies it does quite well on the synthetic tests, but on the Ships video in Spears and Munsil, there is a lot of aliasing that occurs on the ship in comparison to other players. Additionally with scrolling horizontal text overlaid on film, while there aren't any combed edges, there are areas where it improperly deinterlaces a highlight off the water as being part of the scrolling text, joining some letters together.
The tricky part with the BDP-62FD is the value proposition that it offers. For $200 less you have the Sony BDP-S790 that is almost as fast, offers far more online streaming content, better noise reduction and DVD scaling, integrated Wi-Fi, and analog outputs. The only feature it is really lacking is DVD-Audio support, but for most users that difference isn't worth $200. If you need DVD-Audio support, you can step up to the Oppo BDP-103 for $100 more, which includes a Wi-Fi adapter that offsets the cost benefit of the BDP-62FD, as well as analog outputs, no chroma issue, and even better video processing.
Edited by FoxyMulder, May 15 2013 - 01:41 PM.