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I have tried the Oppo BDP 93 v Sony BDP 1000ES into Sony DA5400ES for BD sound no contest the Sony is vastly superior video quality a matter of personal preference but I feel Sony still has the edge, more natural picture easier to view for me.
No SONY (Standards, Ours, Not Yours) will ever playback DVD-Audio, a serious deficiency, IMHO. And, Oppos will playback ISO files as long as you do not update the firmware to their latest. Damn the motion picture studios for that one!
And Oppos have legendary re-sale value. You can't say that about mid-level Sonys...
The continual firmware upgrades on Oppos were a pain, anyway for me the sound is most important and having a Sony AV receiver( probaby a better match) I just can not listen to the Oppo 93 compared to the Sony 5400ES & Sony BDP 1000ES, I have no interest in DVD- Audio.
The Sony BDP-S790 (4.4 lbs) is significantly lighter in weight than the S780 and how would that affect SQ, PQ and overall reliability? So long as this thing lasts a couple of years most people will be happy with it. Sadly this stuff is all disposable.
This is not an answer as to how the 790 compares to the Oppo 93.I have the even better 760 BDP1000ES in US , This Sony blows away the over hyped Oppo 93 especially for sound quality when used with Sony DA5400ES
Sony is cutting costs to increase margins and the new Sony Blu-ray players do not have the same build quality as previous models like the Sony BDP-S5000ES. So long as the cheap Sony BD models lasts a couple of years with losing quality and reliability most people will be happy with it.
The Sony BDP-S5000ES was a very expensive player at £1200 . When they were being sold off at half price I bought one but actually prefer the BDP 760 which has the advanced features of the 5000. I sold it on finding it too heavy & cumbersome.
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