I bought this unit primarily for occasional multi-channel SACD and DVD-Audio as I already have a PS3 and Samsung BD-P1600 for Blu-ray. I just set it up this morning and thought I share my initial thoughts.
The unit was nicely packaged coming in a sturdy box with a cloth sleeve covering the unit. The unit has some heft to it giving it more of a sturdy feel than my Samsung BD-P1600. The unit itsled is plane looking with a standard small display. Set-up was simple via an on-screen display. I hooked it up to ethernet and it went out and found the latest firmware and applied it without issue. My only pet peeve with the unit itself is the flimsy CD tray. Every time it opens and closes it sounds like it my be for the last time. The unit has a detachable power cord and runs quiet as there is no fan.
I was able to hook it up via HDMI to my Onkyo TX-SR707 receiver which I am happy to report is capable of doing DSD over HDMI for SACD. The sound quality was decent but I am not sure it was as good as my previous Outlaw Audio 1070 and Denon 3910 multi-channel setup using analog cables. I don't spend much time doing critical listening to multi-channel stuff so it will work just fine for me.
I also compared the two channel performance of the Oppo to my Marantz SA-8001 SACD player and Musical Fidleity A1 CD Pro. Well no big surprise here, the Oppo performed respectably, but was simply not in the same class as the Marantz and Musical Fidelity. For example listening to Julia Fischer play the violin, the Oppo just didn't convey the fullness and tone of the violin nearly as well as the Marantz.
Next let's look at Blu-ray performance. Here the unit performed quite well when pitted against my PS3 slim, and Samsung BD-P1600. I'm not much of a videophile, and to tell you there truth all three performed well, but the Oppo wins here. In a few of the Blu-rays I watched there were some scenes that simply had more of that "looking through a window" quality than I saw on the PS3 or Samsung. So even though I didn't plan on using this as my primary Blu-ray player, now it is.
Another nice perk with the Oppo is load time which was about 20% faster for Blu-ray disks. Ironman took 51 seconds to from the time I hit close until the main menu showed. This took just over a minute with the Samsung. SACD load times were about 30% faster than my Marantz taking about 8 seconds for a typically SACD. The on-screen display is nice for SACDs showing the CD name and track information.
Overall it does what I ask of it for multi-channel audio over HDMI and I ended up with a better Blu-ray player so I am quite happy with the unit. :)