Ok, I kind of have this down - it actually took some work. I did get a Oppo BDP-93 and I'm still thinking about the 95. The device looks great and is crazy fast. I think the 93 looks much better then the 95. Though, I thought I had a pretty crappy BD player before but I don't see any real difference between that one and this in BD or DVD upscaling quality.
One of the reasons I jumped on this was because I spent a few days trying to figure out the whole streaming thing and then HAD to close the loop on it. This has re-enforced my feelings that apply airplay rocks and if it weren't for the crazy 16/44 restriction apply streaming has I would think that the apple TV and airplay could be the greatest thing to happen to music. It's fast, easy to use, unbelievably configurable and you dont even have to set it up - it just works.
The OPPO works on about any DNLA service. After a few days, I had 5 different DNLA servers going all streaming from the same library on the same computer. It turns out that ORB which I've been using to stream to my iphone for 3+ years now (on wifi, g3, and 2g) is DNLA too. So when I turned the oppo on and got the network going (you have to use the only USB connection to plug the wifi in btw (and the eSATA drive is not hot swappable!)) it immediately saw all 5 DNLA services (but not airshare).
It has a very nice looking interface and seems pretty good. It seems like they have the hard part down. Once you select a library (aka ORB) you go into a nice looking presentation of what reminds me of file manager in windows 3.1.1. Though there doesn't appear to be a search capability. And going into 'Albums' it only let me see the first 230 which didn't get me through the 'B's'.
So I was very excited about this and it made me want the 95. BUT, it is crazy slow, it hangs up to the point the unit doenst respond for minutes and after a few songs it just stopped working. It can take up to 4 minutes for it to play a song and I have a enhanced N network that is completely set up. I was able to pick a song I wanted, push play, get up heat up dinner, come back and while waiting for the song to start, I pulled out my iphone, selected ORB, found the same song and had it playing about a minute before the OPPO started.
Then all my services went out and I was up until 1 am trying to get my DNLA going - screwing with firewalls etc but it didn't even occur to me until today that it had to somehow be the OPPO that was screwing my network up.
windows actually has a nice and easy to set up DNLA server (aka home group) already and it seems to work the best of all the ones I've tried so far. BUT, you can't use it on music that is on a NAS. This is changeable but it just grabs whatever is in your user/my music directory. I was able to 'fool' homegroup into seeing my NAS which kind of worked on my laptop but didn't even pretend to work on the oppo. When I was playing around with my win7 libraries I did see warnings that I was using unapproved library capabilities - so it knew what I was trying to do. I don't know if another version of win7 (like ultimate) would let you or not. So that doesn't do anything for me.
My seagate NAS has a built in DNLA service which took me about 6 hours to get working but it is unreliable, doens't work well, is almost impossible to figure out and you have no control over what it actually streams. (I was seeing 4 of every song because it pulled out all of my backup copies each song that I have in other directories). I never used it before but I'm surprised they advertise the music server capability.
I think ORB is pretty great and I was excited OPPO could see it but I've had all kinds of issues with it working. I'm not sure if it's oppo, orb or my computer. Because while this was going on something attracted McAfee's attention which shut all streaming down without any kind of warning or indication and it took me hours to figure that out.
This has great potential and looks much better than what I was led to believe from reading the AVS forum but...
Even if I keep using this and figure out the big issue I don't know about yet I think I will still keep my apple TV connected to my stereo. It's just easy, fast and entertaining. It's netflix viewer is also much easier and faster than the OPPO's.
Since I haven't really seen anyone else talk about thier network experience I don't know if I just had something screwed up or what but hopefully you guys will find out soon and let me know. NOTE: if this actually worked and was a little faster the OPPO could easily be a true media server.
And unfortunately, it wasted enough of my time that I never really had a chance to check out the DAC compared to the other ones I have.