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I am pretty sure it was in Home Theater or Sound & Vision Magazine. I did a lot of research online too and may have seen it there as well. I saw it from at least 2 sources. They were remarking about the lack of "Brand Name" video chip in the Samsung such as HQV and said that Samsung uses their own chip which is as good as the the one found in the Oppo. One reviewer said his reference player was the Oppo and he found the image quality to be the same from the Samsung. They also remarked that historically, Samsung's video processing has always been top notch. I can't speak to the Oppo but the Samsung is better than my Panasonic which is replaced.......
I also read somewhere that Samsung is now the world's largest manufacturer of consumer goods???? Hard to believe they would be bigger than Sony but it would explain how they have the resources to build their own video chips now.
I had a negative view of Samsung's products in the past based on the DLP TV's but having seen some of their new cutting edge products like the new LED-LCD tv's, I have changed my mind.
So, my recent purchase of the PN58C8000 plasma tv was my first purchase of a major electronic item from Samsung other than a cell phone and have been mighty impressed with it. I was leaning towards the Oppo for video quality but figured since the reviews rated it up there with the Oppo, why not go with the Samsung for the 3D capability, dual HDMI outputs and the Anynet+. I have the funds to buy the Oppo so it wasn't a price issue for me; However, I could almost buy 2 of the Samsungs for the price of one Oppo. Not sure what I would be paying for with the Oppo over the Samsung. I also have a Denon DVD5910CI high end DVD player that I use exclusively for CD, SACD and DVD-Audio so my needs were for video only when buying the Samsung. Bitstreaming DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD can be done well by almost any player so I was focusing solely on video, 3D, etc..