I have had this unit for five days and today I decided to spend some time with it. Firstly, I would like to say that they do an excellent job of packaging. It comes double boxed and the player is in a custom soft bag (nice touch). The remote, hdmi cable etc.... comes in a nice little box complete with the oppo logo. The real pleasure is when you take this beutiful player out of the bag. Very nice fit and finish on this piece of gear.
I hooked it up to my new 54 inch Panisonic G series plasma and connected it to my home network. This was very painless as the menu structure in this player is very intuitive. I accomplished this without need of the user manual,which by the way also smacks of quality.
I grabbed a bluray rip of avatar off one of my drives and streamed it to the tv. The video quality of this player is much superior to my old Sony BDP-S470 as is the sound quality. The new tv could also be a factor in the video quality as my previous plasma was a U series Panisonic.
Next I put a dvd of an old tv series "The Invaders", which is in 4:3 format. I changed video settings in the player to stretch the image to full screen and was impressed with the reult. Image did not appear distorted at all!!!
Now it was time to try out the audio. I put in a sacd of DSOM and sat back with my eyes closed and enjoyed the wonderful sound comming from my SDAS.
One negative, if you can call it that, was that when you use the remote to switch between menu choices in the player it seems sluggish. This is something done better by the Sony player.
In conclusion, I have no reservations recommending this player. The $499.00 price tag which I paid was a bargain in my opinion.