I don't like to frivolously spend money.
I typically save and focus on getting exactly what I want when I can pay cash outright for it.
There have been a few instances where I have thrown that mentality out the window in this hobby.
And this is one of those cases.
My wife received an award from work. Along with it came a $500 Amazon gift card.
She, out of the blue, says to me this morning, "You wanted to upgrade the Blu-Ray player sometime right?"
Uh yeah...but I was going to save up for a $1200 Oppo 105 once I got the last couple of items for my 2 channel sorted. But I was thinking next year since funds in the mad money account are rather short and I have made an agreement to purchase something else from a forum member.
So the dilema I face is as follows...
We currently have a Sony BDP-S590. It is SACD capable and offers wireless connectivity along with all the standard apps.
It isn't perfect but it works.
I have debated for a while now about moving it upstairs to our bedroom so that we can do Netflix in there.
To replace it *now*, the only 2 options I am even considering are the Sony BDP-S790 or the Oppo 103.
Ideally, I would save up for a 105 but the 105 offers more functionality than I will ever use. I have a fantastic transport already in my 2 channel system along with an ESS Sabre 9023 based DAC. So I don't need the audio superiority for music.
The realistic options for the HT system are the 790 or the 103. Performance-wise, obviously the 103 comes out on top.
But the 790 does most everything I want at half the price. *But* it won't stream HD video formats from my media server and that part almost has me saying no to it out of hand.
So I figure most of you are going to say the 103.
I guess I just want to confirm that I am making the right choice before I have my wife pull the trigger...
Too bad the 95 still goes for nearly as much as the 105 or I would "settle" for that.