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rex 03-14-2008 12:04 AM

OPPO DV-983H player
In the mean time, oppo's latest and final SD player, the 983, surpasses expectations by blowing the competition (Denon) out of the water! It uses an ABT 102 deinterlacing chip and an ABT 1010 scaling engine for upconversion with impressive results. Here are a couple of reviews: (First player ever to receive a perfect benchmark score of 100.)
Since I have a formidable collection (more than 1000) of SD DVD's, this may be just the player I have been waiting for. Besides, I simply can't stand the load times and other "issues" of current HD players.
The Anchor Bay chips are said to outperform Fourdja (sp?) and Reon hands down. On the other hand, there is a very long waiting list to get one. If the BD model is really coming out this summer, maybe I should just wait? What do you think? Presumably the BD player will have at least as good, if not better, upscaling technology?

kennyt 03-14-2008 05:52 AM

Re: OPPO DV-983H player

While you can upscale SD DVD,it does not make them as good as a bad Blu-ray. Buying and SD DVD player and waiting to buy a Blu-ray player now is silly at best.

Buy a Blu-ray player now.

Happy Camper 03-14-2008 07:36 AM

Re: OPPO DV-983H player
We bought the Panasonic DMP-BD30 blu-ray because it will deliver bitstream audio of all the advanced audio formats (but does not decode-you need the receiver to do that) to our new Onkyo TX-SR875 receiver, which decodes everything.

For standard def DVDs. CDs, and all my legacy SACD disks, we got the "not so fancy" Oppo Digital DV-980H, which transfers everything except high definition formats via digital bitstream-even SACD is converted to DSD. Playback of all standard def video and all music sources is absolutely outstanding. We did not feel we needed to go to Oppo's better upscaling player for video, and we needed the sound bitstream capability of this legacy disk player. Great video and all sound formats, all via HDMI, all for less than $200. What is not to love about this?

So, for less than $700 total, we have two players which play everything, AND transfer everything via HDMI. No more analog cables, no more multichannel nest of interconnects! One HDMI each from players to receiver, and one HDMI to our monitor.

You may not need to wait for Oppo Digital to come out with their new Blu Ray is my point, and you may not need their better, or more expensive, players-it all depends upon what menu of sound and video.

We have been stunned by the great quality and performance of Oppo Digital products. Their customer service is perfect, shipping is fast, and even their packaging is high end. Oppo Digital may be the best kept "secret" out there for those who only haunt big box retailers and buy the crap marketed there.

Camper tip: Oppo digital has some of the best HDMI cables available at ridiculously low prices! Also, try their 3 in, one out, HDMI switcher if you need it.

rex 03-14-2008 12:19 PM

Re: OPPO DV-983H player

Originally Posted by kennyt (Post 12838)

While you can upscale SD DVD,it does not make them as good as a bad Blu-ray. Buying and SD DVD player and waiting to buy a Blu-ray player now is silly at best.

Buy a Blu-ray player now.

I already have a BD player (Sony BDP-S300) which I currently use to play everything. Because I have a sizable investment in SD DVD's, I am interested in this OPPO for its upconverting capabilities, and all around superior design and fuctionality, ease of use, and handy little features like being able to turn the player off, then later on returning to the same spot, etc.
I really hate the Sony. It takes forever just to power up before you can put a disc in, then you have to wait an eternity once again for discs to load, etc. Nothing ever seems to work right. Last night in fact I got an error message saying "Disc will not play due to parental control level." What the #@%$! I was finally able to watch the movie; but it is a pain to have to use this to play SD DVD's which is what I mostly watch.
This is why I am tempted to get the 983 now, and then just wait another year or two for BD technology to "mature" before getting a better BD player.

deacongreg 03-14-2008 01:45 PM

Re: OPPO DV-983H player
I said this a few weeks ago, now that the smoke is clearing, the Sony Blu-Ray camp has a lot of fixing to do, to get their players to function properly. It is something hopefully that is on their mind right now.

rex 03-14-2008 03:19 PM

OPPO BD player out this summer ???
Furthermore, the OPPO BD player probably won't be out this summer at all. I haven't been able to find anything official about this. It is funny how rumors get started and then info gets misinterpreted.
The original Engadget article didn't say it would be released in the summer. It only said "According to the VP of product development, the company is "very early" in their development cycle, and we should EXPECT MORE DETAILS sometime this summer."
If they are very early in the product development cycle, (although they may release more information by summer) the actual product probably won't be available for purchase for at least a year or longer. No doubt it will be a very good player at a very competitive price, but I am not going to hold my breath.

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