Originally Posted by jjeff
No way to display the firmware on the Pannys, it's best to just try the update and it will give you a error code if it already has the update.
Well, guess I'll just have to give it a try this weekend and see what happens. For what it's worth, I've used my unit to record over 100 hours of video since I bought it in September and had only 3-4 freezes, none of which happened while actively recording or finalizing. It's more an occasional annoyance than anything.
Yes everything is downconverted to 480i and then upconverted back to HD if you've set it up that way. The fact that the result is even anywhere near the true HD from your TVs tuner attests to the great digital tuner in the Panny EZ-28. I noticed similar results.
The tuner was a major factor in my choice to purchase this unit, though I've yet to actually record from it. After buying the unit, I discovered that my Dish Network DVR has an OTA tuner, which I've been using for sheer convenience. Will have to try recording with the built-in tuner one of these days and see if I have the same issues others have mentioned on the thread.
One of these days I suppose I should get a Oppo player, everybody seems to rave about them for their PQ. I usually use Sony Players because of their feature set. OT but do Oppos have title and chapter remaining for a display and do they display on it's external display, eg. not just OSD?
The 980H has a fairly small LED display on the front panel that can show time remaining, time elapsed, etc., as well as an on-screen display you can bring up with a remote key. Not sure offhand about chapter remaining though.
I like to have the players display set to remaining title but of course keep the OSD off. I also like the speed play feature on my Sonys, 1.1-1.4X playback with audio. Do any Oppos have that feature?
The 980H doesn't have this, but not sure about the higher-end models. I don't see it in a quick perusal of the features for the 981 or 983, but the lists I'm finding don't seem to be exhaustive. There are threads for all three models on AVS though, and I'm sure you can find out there!
I'm sure the Oppos don't have the disc resume feature, where it remembers the last 6 discs played and where they left off.
Actually all Oppo models have resume. My 980H has a memory of (I think) 12 discs. I agree, it's a great feature! Dollar for dollar, I really think you can't do any better than Oppo. They're not the cheapest or the most expensive, but you really do get what you pay for.