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Oppo OPDV971H 720p/1080i Upconverting DVD player Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 March 2006
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The Downside
My first concern with the Oppo OPDV971H is its build quality. While very stylish, there are aspects of it, mainly the disc tray, that seem a bit too cheap and prone to damage. Also, I would have liked to see a few more controls on the faceplate itself to aid in disc navigation in the event of a misplaced remote.

I can’t really understand why the folks at Oppo chose to put all their eggs in one basket when it came to the player’s video performance. Yes, including DVI capability is amazing at this level; however, if you don’t yet have a DVI-capable TV, then I’m afraid the Oppo isn’t worth it. To not even have progressive scanning through its component outputs is a major oversight.

The remote is still below my expectations, but I do recognize and applaud Oppo for trying to correct a bad situation with their earlier remote. This new remote is better, yet it doesn’t quite fit the bill if you need to be able to operate your equipment in the dark like I do.

With so many players out there, it can be daunting figuring out just which one to choose. Perhaps you’re looking for something to tide you over until the impending format war between HD-DVD and BluRay subsides. Or maybe you just want to take advantage of the new digital connection technology without breaking the bank. Whatever your reasons, shelling out $200 for the Oppo OPDV971H upsampling DVD player might not be a bad choice. If you’re looking for a player for your bedroom system or den, it might just be a perfect one. The OPDV971H’s above-average picture quality is easily worth the asking price and, when mated with a decent audio presentation, it quickly can become a budget player that is anything but.

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