I bought an Oppo dvd player just to see what all the fuss was about, it arrived and it is a very good package for the price. After calibrating the tv with the video essentials disk, out of the box the player's contrast and colour are very high compared to the pioneer. Colours and contrast are very very good. However the edges are very jagged in certain scenes compared to the pioneer and I don't see any changes whatsoever when you try upscaling or turn the faroudja processing on/off. This aside though on a smaller screen (was tested on a 50" pioneer plasma) the edges will not be so blitheringly obvious and it would be an excellent player.