This is my first post.
Normally I would not have bought RCA equipment, especially at WalMart, but after lots of research it really did seem to be a good deal. I needed HDMI, and this is an inexpensive way to get it. So I bought one.
I've got an Oppo OPDV971H paired with an Infocus SP 4805, and I calibrate using the GetGray disc. This system is a really good value for the money, and well-authored discs (Criterion Collection, Superbit) really shine. The only television service I have is OTA HDTV via a Samsung SIR-T451. I bought the DVD recorder to record broadcasts. Since the rest of my system uses digital video, and DVD recording naturally has to take analog, I realized there was going to be a relative loss in quality. Also, component inputs don't seem to be available on reasonably-priced units, so I decided to go "cheap."
Testing the recorder:
So far my experience has been positive, even though I've only recorded about 1.5 hours. 2-hour mode (SP) reveals significant compression artifacts on my 102-inch-diagonal screen, but I think I'm sensitive to that. 1-hour (HQ) mode shows no noticeable artifacts. I wonder if this thing does dual-layer? I'll have to check.
The remote is poor. Buttons are small and the plastic feels cheap. Button layout seems haphazard. And all DVD recorders need a finalize button. Seriously.
The interface is poor. Some simple options are nested too far down in menus. The worst problem is that it's slow! Button-presses take forever to respond. You have to be patient.
One nice thing is that on-the fly recording is very simple and responsive. Press "record" and it fires right up, "stop" and it's done.
PQ is fair to good for a unit in this price range, I think. Color accuracy and saturation are the weak points. I noticed somewhat of an improvement when I played a burned disc in the Oppo. You don't even have to finalize! I love Oppo
In this case, I'm willing to accept the shortcomings common in an inexpensive player, so the positives outweight the negatives. I doubt I would have chosen it if it didn't have HDMI.