Originally Posted by Dbuudo07
I need a little help. I have an Elite 150fd, a Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player, and a Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu Ray player. I use the A35 for DVDs as the Panasonic has horrible up-conversion video processing. From a Blu Ray player, I just need the basics. For DVDs, I'd like something that does a great job in delivering a clean, smooth picture in HD. Would the OPPO BDP-83 be better at this than the BDP-103? If the BDP-103 is better, are there any settings I should keep in mind for when I get one? If anyone could direct me to any posts, articles, etc... or offer any advice, I would be very grateful.
I'm one of those that like the old ABT on the 83 (and 983) very slightly better. I'm a filmmaker, and many pages back I wrote about comparing my own work, where I helped master the DVDs
and know exactly the intent, and found the 983/83 slightly more accurate to the original. That said both outputs on the 103 also looked excellent, and if I wasn't running the same scenes
through each option, staring at tiny details, who knows if I would have noticed. And if I didn't know what the film was 'supposed' to look like I would have found all 3 images excellent.
The HDMI 2 on the 103 was a bit closer in look to the ABT than the QDEO in HDMI 1, if not quite as good as the ABT with the finest detais. The QDEO seemed to add a little contrast.
It actually made for an initially more pleasing, eye catching picture, but some detail in dark areas got lost. It also occasionally added a little extra warmth beyond the original.
But you're talking very small differences, and that was on my particular 103, playing through my particular Pioneer Kuro. You won't go far wrong whatever you choose. But if you're
OCD for accuracy like me, I think the ABT wins out by a tiny margin (my solution - I use the 983 and 83 for DVDs, and the 103 for blu-ray and streaming for the speed, multiple options,