Originally Posted by johnallan44
That's great...thank you very much for reply.
If i could get your opinion on one more thing...
The HDMI cables I was using cost about £5 each, I borrowed some more expensive ones from the shop where is got the kit from (audioquest Pearl) at £30.
Without starting a riot -are more expensive HDMI cables worth it - appreciate you might say it depends on personal preference, but just trying to get your opinion.
HDMI cables are sold in a few configurations these days: Normal, normal with Ethernet, High Speed, and High Speed with Ethernet. The "with Ethernet" will do nothing for you with the OPPO so you don't need those. HOWEVER, you DO need High Speed cables. So only use HDMI cables that are sold as "High Speed", or "For 1080p", or "Category 2" all of which mean the same thing.
The ideal length for an HDMI cable -- the length that will produce the most reliable results is 6 feet (2 meters), not shorter or longer. So don't buy short cables even if your gear is close together. Longer cables may work just fine (6 feet is a Rule of Thumb, not a Law), but the longer the cable the more problems you are likely to have. "Redmere" technology cables have an active circuit in the plug at one end which makes them act as if they are 6 foot cables regardless of the actual length. That makes them particularly helpful if you need a long cable run. This also means they are directional -- you have to plug them in the right way around.
Except for the above, paying for exotic HDMI cables is, in my opinion, a waste of money. Personally, I like the HDMI cables sold by Blue Jeans Cable and Monoprice -- both AVS Forum sponsors. The cable that OPPO ships with the player is also perfectly good.
HDMI plugs are friction fit, and it only takes a small shift of plug in socket to screw things up. This frequently trips up people who buy new HDMI cables. First, folks tend to buy thick, heavy cables for no good reason (the power of marketing compels you!) and the weight of the cables is enough to tug the plugs loose. Also, new cables have kinks in them from being folded up for packaging, and that too often causes them to tug on the plugs. Make sure all your HDMI plugs are inserted STRAIGHT into the socket with nothing tugging on them. If you have HDMI problems, first try reseating your plugs.
HDMI works best if there is only a single run of cable between each pair of devices. Anything else in the signal path -- daisy chained cables, HDMI switches or adapters, electronic gizmos, even wall plates -- is a likely source of HDMI problems.