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Oppo Digital DV-980H 1080p Up-Converting Universal DVD Player ($169)
When watching regular DVDs it was a bit tougher to tell the difference between the two on a 50 inch screen at 720p. When we moved to the 65 inch 1080p Mitsubishi we noticed a slight increase in digital noise. But not enough for us to write off the 980. We found colors were natural and were more lifelike than a typical DVD player. We noticed that the 980 did a good job with detail, even in darker scenes. From a video point of view the 980 did as well or better than the 970 and for only $20 more its a no brainer.
The DVD player has video controls to help you fine tune the picture. As with all our reviews, we leave the values in the default settings. The player allows you to change Sharpness, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Gamma levels. We also want to remind listeners that if the DVD is mastered poorly this player will not turn it into something better. But we found on high quality discs like any Pixar Movie, the Oppo 980 did a spectacular job of upconversion. With upconverting DVD players it is definitely quality in means quality out.
But video is not the only thing this player does. It does a great job with audio. From the Oppo Digital website:
OPPO designed the DV-980H with a focus on precision rendering from Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio, HDCD and regular CDs. Its digital-to-analog (D/A) converters feature 192kHz high sampling rate and 24-bit resolution. The driving stage uses carefully selected op-amps and capacitors. Combining these premium components in an optimized design, the DV-980H reduces quantization distortion and accurately reproduces the analog waveform, resulting in faithful, natural, detailed and rich sound.
We actually pulled out CDs and listened to music. We found that over our HDMI cable the music sounded cleaner, tighter, and more lively. We did a side by side comparison with our AAC and mp3 files, and let us tell you, it blew our high bit rate AACs out of the water. If you like audio you need to consider this device.
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Posted by The HT Guys, August 2, 2007 8:10 AM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.