That said, if you primary use is solely for the Blu-Ray (and possibly streaming) capability, the only platform that has been able to be updated through the multiple version mods without having to buy a new unit has been the PS3.
So if this is you primary concern and you don't need features like multi-format (SACD, DVD-Audio, etc.), readability, the PS3 just may be the best ROI as a suitable 'Blu-Ray player with additional features'.
If your intrested in analog audio quality, I think th Oppo is certainly worth the cost. For video and digital audio, the Oppo is as good as any, but not haed and shoulders above cheaper units as I see it.
The PS3 is a great BD player but if your not much of a gamer I would rather have the Oppo. I started off with a PS3 but when Oppo released the BDP-83 I found I used it a lot more than the PS3 so I eventually sold the PS3 and have never regretted it. The Xbox is a better gaming machine than the PS3 IMO and Kinect kills the ice cream cone you have to use with the PS3 so it's a much better social gaming machine.
As far as other BD players I have a Panasonic BD player in my second system which is only about 6 months old. I have run into 2 BD's that had trouble running on the Panasonic in the short time I have had it but ran perfectly on the older Oppo 83. My Oppo is one of the beta BDP-83's that I got a few weeks prior to it's release to the general public and in that time I think I have only had about 2 BD's that I had trouble with.
Oppo make such good BD players that company's like Ayre acoustics, Theta, Lexicon and I think nearly every high end mfg uses as a platform for there own BD player. Lexicon didn't even bother to change anything on the Oppo 83 other than the case, that's how good it is.
I am a gamer and use my xbox all the time I am torn between the oppo and the playstation now.....I do like the fact that i have the gaming ability if I want it....I play live almost every day on Xbox COD
I think for the money the Oppo is the best out there. They are built like tanks and last. If I had the money I would also be an owner of one myself. That said I think Panasonic also makes a great player however it wont last as long as an oppo and Oppo still does regular firmware updates to all their players where any of the other brands stop after the next model year is released.
The PS3 is a gaming platform first and BluRay player second. It does not fit in an A/V rack very well and tends to be noisy. The remote control has to be purchased after the fact so the price starts to get close to what you would pay for an Oppo.
Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
EV Sentry 500 monitors, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, Klipsch RC-52 Centre, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo Wii
Panasonic PT-AE4000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen
I noticed a pretty big difference in color accuracy and sound quality going from a cheap samsung to an Oppo. Its also a better looking player and goes better with my other gear, which is all brushed aluminum. The initial disk spin-up is much quieter and the drive movement is of much greater quality. However the Oppo is slower to load and menus are more sluggish than my cheap samsung. Wouldnt be surprised if that changes over time as the firmware is tweaked.