Originally Posted by DJLEC
Maybe I should rephrase my original question;
Will the Oppo 93 give me an improved DVD Upconversion with a 50" Pioneer Elite Plasma that is 760p.
I am presently using a Pioneer 610AV which is Region Free but I can task the Pioneer elsewhere.
Improvements in SD-DVD playback performance are *DEFINITELY* visible on decent 760p and 768p class displays -- so long as the display itself is properly calibrated for video so that any such image improvements aren't masked by the display's own video calibration flaws. I recommend you send 1080p from the Oppo to the display.
Quality of SD video playback is all about maintaining perfection at every step of the video chain. Once the image is damaged, there's nothing that later hardware can do to fix that, no matter how expensive or sophisticated. The best you can do is try to mask the damage to make it less visible. But SD resolution content is unforgiving. Just about any defect you introduce will become visible (if you know what to look for). That's a major factor in favor of Blu-ray. Blu-ray is more forgiving -- less likely to show visible problems if the processing isn't perfect.
So for SD-DVDs it starts with the quality of the original master and transfer to disc. Bad transfers to discs will still look bad -- and as with every format, there are lots of crappy SD-DVDs that have been sold. But GOOD transfers, rendered well by the player, and handled properly by the display are just amazing. Most people have never, ever seen just how good SD-DVDs can look. You'll know you are there when your friends start marking comments like "Boy that Blu-ray sure looks great!" -- when you are actually playing an SD-DVD.
(I'm not saying that Blu-ray isn't better. I'm saying that qualty SD-DVDs, handled right, can look so good it fools the eye.)
I don't know enough about the 610AV to give you any useful comparison, but the SD-DVD playback performance of the Oppo 93 is very good indeed -- although I still prefer the output of the Oppo 83 which is phenomenal.
Keep in mind that if you buy the 93 from Oppo, they offer an easy, 30-day exchange so you can try it yourself with your display and know for sure what you are getting.
Do take the time to check your display's calibration using a good calibration disc such as "Spears & Munsil", Blu-ray. By the way, there are actually SD charts hidden on that Blu-ray in Title 127. While playing any of the HD charts, use the Go To button on the Oppo remote to select Title 127 and then Chapter Forward/Back to move between the charts. Use Top Menu to get back to the normal content on that disc.