In my opinion, the Oppo would be the best blu-ray machine up to £500.00, while the Sony would be the best blu-ray machine up to £1000.00.
The Sony, being double the price, certainly doesn't equate to double the performance. It is not significantly
better, but only marginally
I had an opportunity to test both before I settled for the Pioneer BDP-LX91 - for performance and aesthetic reasons.
So does that mean you tested the Sony and the Pioneer when you say you tested both, or the Sony and the Oppo and bought the Pioneer?
There's aren't many Oppo's in shops so I'm guessing you did the Pioneer vs Sony, which wouldn't surprise me. Though I may have misunderstood your post above.
The statement about which is best in which price band has to be backed up by experience, not supposition. The best way to practically compare them is by blind testing. I take it you've done this? If you have, then please let me know what you tested and what you found. Be interested in another set of results.
When I tested them, the results I collated were actually quite strange. For BluRay playback over HDMI, almost identical performance from the Sony S350 all the way up to the Denon DVD A1UD. We just couldn't see or hear a marked difference and the conclusion was that the format is the winner. It's clearly engineered to pass the disc data unfettered to the receiver and in the case of the test I took part in, that appears to be the case for BluRay discs. In a week's time we'll be re-running the test and moving onto DVD upscaling. Now here is where I think the differences will start to show, when the players have to do some actual work! Will let you know, but please, you do the same. Cheers.
The Oppo at £450 vs. the Sony at £800. Hmmmmm, which would I choose. Yes, I know, I've already got one, but seriously........
1. I tested all three - the Oppo was the US version, so you can stop guessing.
2. My opinion is backed up my own eyes and ears (I qualified it with 'In my opinion').
3. The whole world knows you have an Oppo blu-ray player
4. I don't need to justify anything to you, and neither do I want this topic to extend for months debating the 'virtues of Oppo's greatness'
with you - I have better things to do with my time.