I will echo the endorsements for Oppo players.
One thing maybe not pointed out fully above, is that although picture quality on Blu-ray discs is pretty much the same on all players, the picture quality of upscaled DVDs is not the same on all players. PQ there depends on how good the upscaling chipset is.
Part of the high cost of Oppos is/has been their dedication to using the best/most advanced upscalers on the market at the time of their release.
Another consideration: do you want (or need) the abilty to play "all regions" (whether we're talking Blu-ray, DVD, or both), and do you need to be able to play PAL-format (as well as 1080i/50hz)? If so, then Oppo is ahead of the pack in that area, too, as their machines not only allow you to play such content in its native framerates (for those of us with multi-system TVs), but also has good-quality bulit-in converters for those who need to convert those signals to US standards (NTSC and 1080i/60hz). There have been many people who thought "NTSC vs. PAL doesn't matter anymore" who got burned when they bought the Region B release of BBC's Life, for instance, and tried to play it on their PS3.
Oppos are expensive
True, but one thing to consider is buying a good-condition used/older unit. My first Oppo (a BDP-83) was purchased brand new for $500. A year later, when the "next generation" players came out, I bought a second one (used) on eBay for less than half that price. This past year, I bought a third one for about $230 at an area pawn shop.
The used one I bought from eBay had a disc loader problem (unknown to me), but Oppo still fixed it for me 100% free of charge (they even paid shipping both ways). Can't ask for any better than that! Oppo are also very quick to issue firmware upgrades for their players.
Just doing a quick check, a used BDP-83 sold a couple weeks back for $235 on eBay. Well worth checking out (I'd recommend an 83 over the 80, because the 83 has a much-better upscaler).
Edited by AndyMcKinney, May 08 2013 - 09:51 AM.