I quite stumbled upon this today: Oppo Digital has a new lower cost Blu-ray player available, the BDP-80. It is not as bulky and drops the Anchor Bay Technology VRS video processing, the dedicated stereo analogue outputs and the IR in out, but otherwise seems much the same as the BDP-83. Details of the differences are here.
Available in Australia through Merlin Audio Design in a region adjustable version for $AUS775. Merlin has taken to distributing Oppo Blu-ray players through a number of quality retailers, so you ought to be able to check out the player somewhere in your capital city.