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Can't afford an Oppo
In future will be part of music system as I consolidate it with HT
So sound very important
My projector will do 1080 but not 4K
Thinking Sony 6500 or 7200 both under $200 (altho the 6500 had amazon reviews all over the place suggesting you either got a good one or a dud ie Quality control issues)but am open to suggestions and can go higher for quality. I chose these 2 as a starting point because they were "what Hi Fi's" winners and specific reference was made to sound. They also gave the sony uhph 1 a rave at about $350- they compared it to much higher priced machines and called it an audiophile machine.
You might see what the current version of the Marantz UD7007 costs. Typically very good sound quality and highly reliable.
Sony has a new universal that is avail at Best Buy & Crutchfield for openers. Oppo is over-rated IMO.
In what way is Oppo overrated? I have a 103 that plays BluRays as well as any other player (they are all basically equivalent), does a good job upsampling DVDs, plays SACDs and DVD-A discs, delivers flawless audio to my AVR over HDMI from every source including DSD files streamed wirelessly from a PC in another room, and has an excellent DAC and flexible bass management settings if I want to use the analog outputs.
It is overpriced if all you want is good BluRay video--for that, save several hundred bucks and get a mass-market player.
I bought Oppo 103 soon took it back for a refund, for BD,PQ & SQ very inferior to Sony 1000ES/BDP 760 UK, The forthcoming Sony X800 will be IMO a best buy.
which I do through a preamp. Such a versatile machine. I hope they never change them.
Several months ago I did a comparison of the the audio quality available from the transports of our Sony BDP-S6500 and Samsung BD-H5900 using the HDMI outputs fed to a Yamaha Aventage RX-A2020's preamp section. (Our theater system utilizes, among other components, an Adcom GFA-5503 power amp and Polk LSi25 front main speakers.) The Yamaha was set to Pure Direct audio mode.
The Sony was serviceable at playing my reference redbook CDs. The sonics were rough sounding and a bit edgy in the upper midrange and lower treble. The cymbals in Linda Ronstadt's "What's New" CD were in the parking lot behind the recording studio instead of on the stage floor. Mechanically, the very small and lightweight Sony vibrates and shakes like crazy, perhaps affecting the sonics.
The far sturdier Samsung's sonics were much better. It was quite smooth top to bottom. The cymbals were in their proper location.
Neither player competes with a good quality CD transport or player. If necessary, though, I could live with the Samsung, but not the Sony, for CD use.
I have two other SACD players--the Sony 6500's SACD performance is not competitive (again, it's "serviceable").
Both players offer excellent quality Blu-ray video, DVD upscaling, and wifi streaming performance of Netflix. The Sony often freezes up streaming Hulu. We have a second Sony 6500 in another room and it performs the same as its sister unit.
If I were looking for an inexpensive all-purpose player where CD use was important, I would consider the currently available Samsung BD-J6300 ($107 at Amazon), which appears to utilize the same physical platform as our BD-H5900.
Many reasonably priced Sony players will also have SACD (or at least they used to have it) so they at least think about audio more than the other mass market companies. The one here, which is, I think, the one you mention looks like a good one.
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