Oppo Digital OPDV971H 720p/1080i Upconverting DVI DVD Player

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Oppo Digital OPDV971H 720p/1080i Upconverting DVI DVD Player

Postby HD Library » 23 Aug 2005, 16:03

By Richard Fisher

If you read the ZenithDVB318 and Toshiba 5980 reviews you will get a sense of what this player did correctly!

Quick version...

A class act from the moment you take it out of the box and remove the blue wrap. The remote is cool too! This was not my typical $200 product experience and Oppo adds a few notches to what one should expect at this price point.

Supports DVD audio. Has some interesting gee wiz features but they have not been used while a watching a movie.

The Good

Scaling

Much better than the other two players but still has artifacts. The biggest one is contouring but it is far less than the Zenith or Toshiba and you really have to be picking nits. After many hours of DVD viewing I found little to make me want something else.

The most interesting was the vertical and horizontal frequency response checks. This was the first player to perfectly pass the 480 vertical resolution. Horizontal was clean and the extended frequency response was distorted but I have yet to test a player that could pass that test.

Color Decoder

Spot on!

Controls

This is the first player reviewed to provide brightness and contrast controls. While the black level was incorrect out of the box I was able to adjust it for the proper response using the DVD player controls. I also had an issue with my scaler which caused me to turn down the color using the player yielding wacky color decoding. It appears using this is not a good idea as it seems to throw off the rest of the process and this was verified using the Samsung HLP5063 display to test the color decoding.

It appears that the DVI output is RGB but preset for 0-235 since the contrast control was not touched and there was no clipping. The Samsung is calibrated for a 16-235 RGB DVI response.

The Bad

Considering how great this player is it does have some navigation quircks like taking a bit long to turn on and open the drawer and add to that the fact that you cannot just press open to turn it on and open the drawer.

The Ugly

There is no feature to properly format a letterboxed source. Your display must support this feature. ARGH! The Samsung does not nor will it accept 480I DVI so for one movie I just put the disc in the Panny 480P machine and switched the Panny to 480I output. Double ARGH! This is the only huge flaw and the Zenith was no better in this regard. Why oh why this all important feature is missed I know not considering all the letterboxed movies still out there, the letterboxed trailers provided and the letterboxed extra features...

Final Conclusion

This player was reviewed by Home Theater Secrets and was rated as the second best player to date. At $200 it is a videophile bargain when compared to $1000 or more for a comparable or better performing DVD player or player/scaler combo like my Lumagen/RP91/SDI setup retailing at about $2500.

While the players reviewed by both of us were not HDCP compliant it has come to my attention that Oppo will be changing that now with current production. If you purchase this player for a non HDCP compliant display buyer beware, yours may not work; check the return policy before you buy.


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Postby Richard » 27 Aug 2005, 23:05

Don't forget to insert your calibration DVD and go to the black level setup pattern to confirm your black level and adjust it via the players controls if necessary.
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Postby HD Library » 12 Sep 2005, 14:17

Anyway, the fact that the person in the link saw no clipping, doesn't prove the white reference level was 235, it could have been 219 and there would still be no clipping.


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Postby HDTV News » 22 Sep 2005, 16:07

This article provides details about how the player works to support the performance aspect of our review

Oppo Digital DVD Player, Model OPDV971H


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Mountain View, California, based Oppo Digital enters the digital electronics market with the OPDV971H DVD player. The OPDV971H is a multi-system (PAL/NTSC) DVD player that upconverts images to 720p/1080i with a DVI-D cable. It also plays almost all disc formats: DVD, SVCD, VCD, CD, DivX, picture CDs. It has a Genesis FLI-2310 Faroudja chipset mating with the Mediatek MPEG decoder that is responsible for the crisp and sharp picture. At the time of this review, the OPDV971H was priced at $199.

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Postby HD Library » 01 Nov 2005, 13:27

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Just received my OPPO DVD player and it is indeed a nice unit, but the postings related to it being able to play all region of DVD coding is not accurate...it will play PAL as well as NTSC discs but the pal discs must be either coded region 0 or the machine will display WRONG REGION and not play the disc.

I'm a bit disappointed.

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Postby TIPS List » 01 Nov 2005, 13:28

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Richard,

I contacted OPPO and got an amazingly fast response (especially considering it is "after hours" in California.) The fix is an Easter Egg sort of thing available by pressing the SETUP key followed by entering 9210 which brings up a "secret" menu where you can change the Region Code from the preset 1 to 0 which is "all region" code.

p.s. They couldn't "give" me the method for doing this but referred me to Amazon.com and to search for OPPO Digital and a review of the player - go to the 2nd or 3rd review and a reviewer provides the above solution.
So now I feel I have one of the most flexible players on the market and I love it completely...It will do just what I want in my situation!

Thanks for your input, Richard.

John

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Postby jordanm » 22 Apr 2006, 23:07

Will this upconvert using the component video connection?

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Postby Richard » 23 Apr 2006, 10:27

Sorry JordanM, digital only.
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