Originally Posted by Bob Pariseau
^ If you are going to use Source Direct output for 480i content (e.g., SD-DVDs), you should definitely use HDMI 2 output for both video and HDMI audio in the current Official firmware (0422). There's a horizontal color alignment issue with that combo on HDMI 1 output. (Known bug -- OPPO Engineering is on the case.)
Alternatively, use explicit 480i or any upscaled output resolution via either output socket.
Originally Posted by Sidetracked
Probably a million opinions on this, but I actually like the SD-DVD handling better on HDMI 2, by-passing the QEDO chip, which tends
to automatically apply more NR and other processing (some contrast enhancement) than I like. In some careful testing the output
on SD-DVDs on HDMI 1 vs. 2 on discs I was involved with mastering, I found HDMI 2 closer to the original look we were going for.
Per Oppo, the QEDO chip has a built in algorithm that automatically adds more processing, the further the signal gets from 1080P.
That's why some people also prefer HDMI 2 for streaming. Skin tones can look waxy or over NR'd on Netflix on HDMI 1. Just
one person's take, but some others here have noted similar things.
Originally Posted by Blu_One
Haven't tried upscaling DVDs on it yet but I'm sure the QDEO chip must do a great job at it. If not, I can always output Source Direct from the 103 and use the HQV Vida chip in my Onkyo AVR to do the upscaling + deinterlacing
Any opinions on the QDEO chip in the 103 versus the HQV Vida chip ??
Thank you both for your reply, very informative. I've been thinking about this all day now wanting to reply to this but work, meetings.. you know how it is. I'll say first off that I hate NR and other enhancement on chips.. I just want upscalling and deinterlacing
I must admit that I'm a bit confused now, which often happens when you receive proper information that you weren't aware of before.. I thought that Oppo first made their mark by providing excellent DVD upscalling to HDTVs (Oppo 83 - when DVDs where still much more prominent compared to today), and this was accomplished by the highly acclaimed ABT chip (obviously the Oppo was also known for built quality, customer support etc..the hallmarks of the company). From what I've read, Oppo had to change from the ABT chip to the QDEO chip when they added Netlfix. But now you're saying that the 'generic' Oppo chip, I'm assuming that's whats used for HDMI2, is actually better at upscaling/deinterlacing than the QDEO chip? I don't understand this, the QDEO chip is a big selling point for the Oppo player, there's even a logo on the player, lol, it's hooked up to HDMI1, so how can the Oppo chip do a better job at it, whats the point of having the QDEO chip in there then??
My setup for the 103 is fairly simple. I plan on using it for BDs, DVDs, and a 4TB USB hard drive with my ripped BDs (haven't ripped them yet..). So I'm currently using HDMI1 on the Oppo, goes into my Onkyo 809 AVR (set in Direct mode for the Oppo input so no processing is done there), and the AVR HDMI goes into the plasma display, that's it.
I have a couple of additional questions that hopefully you can answer which will help me tremendously with finalizing my setup for the 103 and put this matter to rest for me..
(1) Since BDs are 1080p and you don't really want any processing applied to it, why not always use Source Direct for this type of playback? If not Source Direct, than what mode? Should I use HDMI 1 or 2 for this??
(2) For DVDs, I understand you're saying that some prefer the PQ of HMDI2 over the QDEO on HMDI1, and that there's a bug (for 480i Source Direct output on HDMI1 I believe you were saying) anyways so it's better to use HDMI2 for this type of playback. So, depending on what your suggestion is for question #1 (whether to use HDMI 1 or 2 for BDs), maybe I should be using both HDMIs, 1 for BDs and 2 for DVDs.. or just use HDMI2 for both?? I do have available "hdmi in" ports on my AVR so if using both HDMI Out on the 103 is preferred I can do this without any issues.
Another option for DVDs would be to output Source Direct and let the HQV Vida chip in the Onkyo AVR do all the work..
As for playback of ripped BDs on the USB hard drive, I have no clue which HDMI to use for this
But I'm more concerned about BD/DVD and which settings/hdmi output to use.
Many thanks for your assistance with this !