Originally Posted by G-Rex
I think the prediction that the 9000 will be the top reference player, especially for projector owners, is not far fetched at all and is likely an accurate one. Considering I have both the 203 and the current Panasonic 900, if the same holds true, but at the reference level, I would buy the Panny 9000 hands down over the 205. The Dynamic Slider is something I do not want to live without, and we are fortunate to get that on a reference piece. I still like my Oppo, and it’s improving with time, but I prefer the image the Panasonic 900 outputs... crystal clear, finely detailed, punchy, lots of depth, and minimal video noise. Something about the Panasonic image is very alluring, which is partly attributable to its excellent chroma processing. I can only imagine the results if this processing has been fine tuned for the 9000.
Test the Panny on the Martian, and image is just stunning. With the 900 it displays true HDR Rec2020, as compared to the Oppo (to be sufficiently bright) needs to be in HDR off Rec2020, and to me is not quite up to the Panny image. What’s interesting with the 9000 is, not only do we have access to the Dynamic Slider with HDR, but we have an Oppo-like HDR/Strip-Off mode.
Have you upgraded your OPPO to the latest FW? Supposedly there are a lot of fixes for people with projectors.
I agee with you that the Panny picture is better than the OPPO, but we’re talking about degrees here. The picture is not exactly terrible on either player.
If video is the only criteria, the 9000 might not be the best player for many people anyway. A cheaper Panny might do just as well.
The 9000 is taking aim at the big Kahuna, the OPPO 205, with the emphasis on analog audio. In that case the player is already a dud. I know it’s not important for a lot of guys here, but the lack of SACD playback has absolutely killed it on audiophile forums. That’s a fairly large potential market that Panny is stupidly ignoring.
Their “audiophile “ player claim is also up for debate. I have the BDT-500, which was marketed as an audio player. Compared to my OPPO 103D, it’s dull sounding with smeared bass and shrill treble. So the jury is out on this until the 9000 arrives.
Shame, I’m a long time Panny fan and want the player to do well. I would have loved to consider one. But as of now, 6 months before it’s even been released, it’s premature to call it the best.