Originally Posted by 10speed
Could such a seemingly minor change in my set-up cause a major change in picture quality? Or, is it just that many Blu-rays look no better than well done DVD's such as "Lord of the Rings" played on my 981?
How large is your display and what is it's native resolution (1080p, 720p)? If it's a smaller display (i.e. 50"), I'm not surprised that you don't see a huge difference between BD & SD DVD.
In my book, I'd give the following PQ rankings:
well-mastered BD (i.e. Pirates of the Caribbean): 10
average BD: 8-9
terribly-mastered BD (i.e. House of Flying Daggers): 7
well-mastered SD DVD (i.e. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Superbit): 6
This is as seen on a 106" projection setup with the Oppo. So I'd say that some of the worst-mastered BD's are just
slightly better than best SD DVDs, although I think it would be nearly impossible to see this on a smaller display. Well-mastered BD should definitely be a step up from SD DVD, but only if your display is large enough and has enough resolution to show it.
How large is your display?
What's the display's native resolution?
Are you hooked up via HDMI?
What output resolution are you outputting via the Oppo?