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Updated 11/13/2008: DV983H-18-1108 Firmware Released
Updated 09/16/2008: DV983H-11-0910 Firmware Released
Updated 07/12/2008: Playback Magazine Review
Updated 06/27/2008: DV983H-07-0619 Firmware Released
Updated 06/25/2008: Audioholics (Clint DeBoer) Review
Updated 06/02/2008: DVD Times (David Mackenzie) Review
Updated 05/09/2008: DV983H-06-0430 Firmware released
Updated 04/18/2008: CNET (David Katzmaier) Review
Updated 04/10/2008: HDTV Solutions (Dick De Jong) Review
Updated 04/07/2008: DV983H-06-0406 Firmware Released
Updated 03/25/2008: About.com (Robert Silva) Review
Updated 03/20/2008: Jeffhdz DV-983H Versus PS3 Comparison
Updated 03/20/2008: HDTVPodcast Review
Updated 03/20/2008: Darthfunk Mini Review (Singapore)
Updated 03/10/2008: wmcclain (Bill McClain) Beta Wrapup
Updated 03/10/2008: Gonk's DV-983H Review

OPPO Receives First Ever 100/100 on Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity DVD Player Benchmark

DV-983H Universal DVD Player

DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD, Redbook CD and HDCD Universal Playback with Precision Track 3™ Drive Mechanism

VRS™ by Anchor Bay (Video Reference Series) Video Processing Technologies – Precision De-interlacing™ and Precision Video Scaling™ to 1080p

Optimized Power Supply and Audio Circuitry, High Resolution Audio Digital-to-Analog Converters, 7.1CH Surround Sound and Audiophile-Level Sound Quality



Feature Highlights


Great Picture:
  • Advanced video processing featuring "VRS™ by Anchor Bay" technologies: Precision De-interlacing™ Precision Video Scaling™ Progressive Cadence Detection™, and AutoCUE-C™
  • High definition up-conversion with film-like picture quality and up to 1080p “Full HD” resolution
  • HDMI output with exceptional core video performance
  • Component video output with 108MHz 12-bit D/A converters

Great Sound:
  • 7.1-channel audio with Dolby Digital Surround EX decoding
  • Digital audio output via optical, coaxial and HDMI with DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro-Logic II support
  • HDMI audio output supporting bit-stream and uncompressed multi-channel high resolution audio
  • 24-bit, 192kHz, 8-channel high resolution audio D/A converters
  • Optimized analog audio stage and isolated audio power supply

Broad Compatibility:
  • PAL and NTSC compatible with multiple output formats – NTSC: 1080p/1080i/720p/480p, PAL: 1080p/1080i/720p/576p
  • Compatible with Kodak Picture CD, Windows Media Audio and other digital audio/video/picture on CD-R/RW and DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL discs*
  • Precision Track 3™ drive mechanism with dual-laser optical pickup head and excellent error correction
  • Wide range universal power supply (~100-240V, 50/60Hz AC)

Ultimate Convenience:
  • USB 2.0 interface for video, picture and music playback
  • High resolution photo slide show
  • RS232 and external IR in/out remote control integration
  • Multi-disc resume, various play mode (repeat, A-B repeat, shuffle, random and bookmark)

* Compatibility with user-encoded contents or user-created discs is on a best effort basis with no guarantee due to the variation of media, software and techniques used.


Details of Features


Universal DVD Player Features:
  • DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD) and DVD-Video universal playback
  • Compatible with Audio CD, HDCD, WMA, Kodak Picture CD, and other digital audio/video/picture media and formats* (*Note: The DV-983H does not play Blu-Ray nor HD-DVD discs)
  • High resolution picture slide show
  • Plays XviD and .SRT, .SMI, .IDX and .SUB format
  • Compatible with CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW and DVD±R DL* (*Note: Compatibility with user-encoded contents or user-created discs is on a best effort basis with no guarantee due to the variation of media, software and techniques used. For example, Discs recorded on some stand-alone DVD recorders or DVD camcorders may not exhibit smooth playback.)

Video Up-Conversion Features:
  • High definition up-conversion with increased picture clarity. Up-converts standard definition video on DVD discs to 480p/720p/1080i and 1080p Full HD resolutions.
  • Motion-adaptive, edge-adaptive and inverse telecine progressive scan technology to produce a smooth and natural looking image.
  • High-quality pure digital video and audio through a single HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable
  • Multiple high definition output formats – NTSC: 1080p/1080i/720p/480p, PAL: 1080p/1080i/720p/576p
  • Compatible with HDTV, HD-Ready TV, HDTV monitors and projectors with an HDMI or DVI input (HDCP support is required)
  • PAL and NTSC compatible with system conversion
  • Supports screen aspect ratio 4:3 (standard) and 16:9 (wide-screen)
  • User adjustable video controls: Sharpness, Contrast, Brightness, Hue, Saturation, Gamma and Y/C Delay
  • Component video output with progressive scan (Up-converting over component output is only available for unencrypted DVD discs such as home video and consumer-created contents. Most commercially pressed DVD discs are CSS-encrypted and will be limited to 480i/480p output over component. HDMI output is protected with HDCP and has no such restriction.)
  • Composite video and S-Video outputs (standard-definition output only)

Convenience Features:
  • User selectable aspect ratio control modes: 1:1, stretch, letterbox, pillarbox, underscan, and various zoom levels
  • USB 2.0 interface for video, picture and music playback
  • Smooth and easy navigation of photo albums, music collections and video files on DVD and CD
  • Selectable subtitle and audio tracks
  • Discrete ON/OFF remote control IR code for programmable universal remote controls
  • 10-disc memory resume

Optimized Audio Features:
  • High-resolution multi-channel digital audio output through HDMI supporting CD, DVD-Audio, SACD, Dolby Digital and DTS sound tracks. (Requires compatible A/V receiver)
  • Individual analog 7.1-channel surround outputs, compatible with 5.1-channel and down-mixed stereo.
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX decoding
  • 24-bit, 192kHz, 8-channel high resolution audio D/A converters
  • Optical and coaxial digital audio outputs with DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro-Logic II and Linear PCM support
  • Built-in equalizer, channel trim, channel delay and lip-sync (audio delay) functions

Connectors:
  • HDMI - High Definition Multimedia Interface: 1
  • Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr): 1 group (3 RCA connectors)
  • Analog 7.1-Channel Audio: 1 group (8 RCA connectors, may be configured as 5.1-channel or stereo)
  • S/PDIF (IEC-958) Coaxial Digital Audio: 1 (RCA connector)
  • S/PDIF (IEC-958) Optical Digital Audio: 1 (TOSLINK connector)
  • Composite Video: 1 (RCA connector)
  • S-Video: 1 (S-Video connector)
  • USB 2.0: 1
  • AC Power Inlet: 1 (IEC60-320 C18 type)

Compatibility Features:
  • Dual-laser optical pickup head with excellent error correction
  • Enhanced dual-layer disc support with fast layer change
  • Wide range universal power supply (~100V-240V, 50/60Hz AC)

Package Contents:
  • DV-983H DVD player
  • Remote control with glow in the dark keypad (batteries included)
  • High-quality certified HDMI cable with gold-plated HDMI connectors
  • Heavy gauge power cord
  • A/V cable
  • User manual and warranty information

USER MANUAL

REVIEWS

Kris Deering (Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity)

"The tentative release date of the Oppo DV-983H is March 10, 2008, and if you’re looking for reference video playback performance, this is it. Oppo has produced one heck of a machine. Its performance matches any design I’ve tested to date, and its performance via HDMI with both video and audio is outstanding. My highest recommendation."

John E. Johnson, Jr. (Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity)

"First of all, while I was testing the audio, I took the opportunity to enjoy DVDs as well, and I must say, I have not seen SD DVD look any better than this. I did not see any problems at all. So, it looks like this will be our reference DVD player for reviewing SD DVDs in the Movie Renter's Guide."

"While it is likely we will all be using HDMI from our DVD players to send both audio and video to our SSPs or receivers in the near future, measurement of the analog performance of players is still an indicator of build quality, and the Oppo DV-983H is excellent in this regard."

CNET (David Katzmaier) Review - 8.4/10 Score
The good: Excellent image quality on DVDs; can upscale to 1080p; plays DVD-Audio and SACD discs over HDMI output; 7.1 analog outputs; USB port for playing DivX, MP3 and JPEG files; excellent aspect-ratio controls and zooming; can be made region-free with a simple hack; also plays PAL discs.

The bad: Very expensive for a standard-definition disc player; remote is cluttered with buttons; Blu-ray discs look much better than DVDs.

The bottom line: The Oppo DV-983H is pretty much the ultimate standard-def disc player, but its high price means videophiles on a budget can get a better bang for their buck. Audioholics (Clint DeBoer) - Performance Rating: 4/5 Value Rating: 5/5

Pros
* Pristine video performance
* Bargain upconverting player
* Standard power cable

Cons
* Tough sell in current marketplace
* Rudimentary bass management
* Fixed crossover (when engaged)

PlayBack Magazine - 9/10 Overall Value

Thumbs Up

  • Killer DVD image quality that really shows what a good upscaling player can do.
  • Sound quality hinges on good resolution, vibrant tonal colors, and terrific three-dimensionality -- a sweet combination if ever we heard one
  • Excellent user interface


Thumbs Down

  • Can sometimes sound slightly brihgt on CD playback
  • Makes more costly players nervous -- very nervous
Gonk's DV-983H Review

After over a year and a half of turmoil, posturing, and conflict, we have come to the end of the HD format war. As a side-effect of the war and Blu-ray's final victory, there has been something of a decline in effort being put into standard DVD players by some manufacturers. It is into that environment that OPPO Digital is introducing a statement piece: a universal DVD player with a potent video processing section and a bit more polish than earlier OPPO players. At a price point of $399 for a DVD player in 2008, it's clear that OPPO doesn't expect this to be a player that sets sales records for them (that's what the 980H is for). Instead, it has been developed as a flagship player, and in that role it excels. If you aren't ready to buy into Blu-ray or if you want a player that will wring the most performance possible out of your existing DVD library, the 983H is a player that could serve you well for many years to come.

HDTVPodcast Review

We really liked the Oppo Digital DV-983H. So who should spend $399 on it? If you are really into movies and have a large collection of DVDs this is the player that will do the best with everything you have. If you have a front projector and don't want to spend $3000 on a video processor this player will do the same thing, at least for your DVDs, for a fraction of the cost. If you are a videophile and you want the absolute best video performance the 983 is for you. Finally, if you just can't bring yourself to buying a Blu Ray Player this is the unit for you.

About.com (Robert Silva)

... the DV-983H produced excellent results in terms of detail, color, video noise reduction, moire pattern detection and elimination, and frame cadence detection. The video quality also bore out in real world DVD playback as well ...

Audio performance of the DV-983H was also excellent. Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound options worked well, with excellent imaging. CD, DVD-Audio, and SACD playback audio reproduction was solid. I did not sense any shortcomings that could be attributed to the DV-983H.

HDTV Solutions (Dick De Jong) Review

In the world of upconverting DVD players, the OPPO DV-983H is a videophile's dream machine

DVD Times (David Mackenzie) Review

Oppo’s DV-983H is one hell of a DVD player. If you don’t already have a Blu-ray Disc player, I’d advise that you put one of those on your shopping list before you go after DVD near-perfection ... When the time comes to squeeze more performance out of your standard-def back catalogue – or if you aren’t ready to take the Blu plunge just yet – then put the 983 at the top of your list. I would be lying if I were to say the player was perfect (in particular I’d like to see it’s auto-detection for PAL film content improved). But I’d also be lying if I were to say I could think of a better overall DVD player than this.

REGION UNLOCKING

Press Setup.
Press "9210" in quick succession. A new window will appear.
Press "0". Your region is now multi-region.
Press Setup to Exit.

FIRMWARE
Version: DV983H-05-0303
Category: Initial Firmware Release
Release Date: March 10, 2008
Release Notes: Initial Firmware Release

Version: DV983H-06-0406
Category: Minor Update
Release Date: April 7, 2008
Release Notes:

1. Improvement for Audio Drop-out Issue with Certain HDMI A/V Receiver Models

This version contains adjustment to HDMI audio information exchange with A/V receivers equipped with HDMI ports. The improvement solves the audio drop-out issue that a few users experience with their Pioneer VSX-94TXi and VSX-84TXSi receivers at 1080p resolution.

2. More Reliable Detection of DVD Aspect Ratio (4:3 or 16:9)

This version enhances the detection of DVD aspect ratio. OPPO beta test participants and some users have identified a limited number of DVD discs that contain inconsistent aspect ratio flags. When played on a DV-983H with previous firmware versions, these discs could be displayed with an incorrect aspect ratio. For example, a 16:9 movie could be displayed as 4:3. This version resolves the issue. The issue only affects users who set the "TV Display" setup menu option is set to "16:9 Wide/Auto". With this setting, the DV-983H automatically detects the aspect ratio of the DVD video program. If the program is 4:3 aspect ratio, the player adds borders in order to display the video correctly on a 16:9 screen.

3. Bass Management for 96k Source

This firmware version optimizes the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) usage and adds bass management for audio sources that are encoded in 96kHz sample rate. When the front speakers are set to "Small" and subwoofer is set to "On", the DV-983H can redirect bass from the front channels to the LFE subwoofer channel. This improvement applies to DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs. It is in addition to bass management already supported in previous firmware releases for sources with less than 96k sample rate (CD, DVD-Audio/Video and SACD).

4. Improved Transition between CD Audio Tracks

This firmware version improves the transition between CD audio tracks. The improvement is noticeable on certain discs that have very tight transition between two tracks, and discs that start with a very strong note.

5. Improvements Based on User Provided Materials

This firmware version includes improvements made to enhance compatibility with some user provided materials. Although the product specification disclaims "Compatibility with user-encoded contents or user-created discs is on a best effort basis with no guarantee due to the variation of media, software and techniques used," OPPO tries very hard to accommodate customers' reasonable compatibility requests. This firmware version enhances compatibility to some DVD+R and DVD-R media, large Xvid files on USB drives, visibility/color of SRT subtitles, and recorded DVD with MPEG2 audio. These improvements are based on materials submitted by users. Thanks to all who provided materials for testing.

Version: DV983H-06-0430
Category: Minor Update
Release Date: May 9, 2008
Release Notes:

1. Improvement for Audio/Video Drop-out Issue with Certain Combination of HDMI A/V Receivers and Displays

This version contains adjustment to HDMI video clock timing to enhance compatibility with certain combination of HDMI A/V receivers and displays. By adjusting the relative timing between the video clock and video data, the new firmware leaves more safety margin for clock and data time variation along the HDMI signal chain. As a result, the audio/video drop-out issue that some users reported has been fixed.

Version: DV983H-07-0619, 07-0709, 08-0709
(All three batch numbers correspond to the same firmware release and contain the same feature/improvement set. Different batch numbers are used in different production runs.)
Category: Minor Update
Release Date: June 25, 2008
Release Notes:

1. SACD Priority

With this version, when a user selects an SACD layer (Multi-channel, Stereo, CD Mode) using the "AUDIO" button during SACD playback, the selection is no longer permanently stored as the "SACD Priority" setup menu choice. The change also resolves a problem of inadvertently changing "SACD Priority" when an SACD disc without a certain layer is played. Users can use the "SACD Priority" setup menu to specify a general preference of which layer to play by default, and can temporarily change the selection by pressing the "AUDIO" button during SACD playback.

2. Sample Rate for 176.4kHz DVD-Audio Discs

Previous firmware versions down-samples 176.4kHz DVD-Audio to 44.1kHz. This version no longer does it. When a connected HDMI receiver can handle 176.4kHz sample rate, the audio is sent over HDMI at 176.4kHz sample rate. Other sample rates do not have the down-sample problem, and are not affected by this version. DVD-Audio discs using 176.4kHz sample rate are rare but a few titles were released this way.


Version: DV983H-11-0910
Category: Beta Test Version
Release Date: September 16, 2008
Release Notes:

1. PAL 4:3 DVD Aspect Ratio Detection

This version enhances the detection of PAL DVD aspect ratio. When played on a DV-983H with previous firmware versions, some PAL 4:3 DVD discs could be displayed with an incorrect aspect ratio. For example, a 4:3 movie could be displayed as 16:9 even when the "TV Display" setup menu option "16:9 Wide/Auto". With this firmware version, the DV-983H automatically detects the aspect ratio of the DVD video program. If the program is 4:3 aspect ratio, the player adds borders in order to display the video correctly on a 16:9 screen.

2. Proper Aspect Ratio for Analog Video Output

Previous firmware versions always output full screen video through the player's analog output (Component, S-Video and Video), simply because the DV-983H is designed to be used with an HDMI-equipped display device. Users can override the full screen output by setting the "TV Display" setup menu option, but any interruption of playback will restore the video to full screen. With this firmware version, when the "Primary Output" setup menu option is set to "Component" and no HDMI cable is plugged in, the aspect ratio chosen by setting the "TV Display" setup menu option will be applied. Interruption of playback, such as pausing, fast forwarding or reversing will not change the selected aspect ratio. The user still needs to select the aspect ratio at the beginning of the playback by changing the "TV Display" setup menu option. OPPO is working on applying automatic aspect ratio detection to the analog output.

Version: DV983H-18-1108
Category: Beta Test Version
Release Date: November 13, 2008
Release Notes:

Improved SACD Error Handling

When playing certain SACDs and the player encounters an encoding error on the disc, previous firmware versions skip to the next track. This version handles the situation more gracefully - it ignores the error and continues to play the track. So far only two such SACD titles are identified - "Heathen by David Bowie" and "All the Way ... A Decade of Song by Celine Dion". Our test indicated that when the error is ignored there is no audible glitch.

Undocumented

In the previous Beta Firmware, the player would not produce a HDMI image you had the ABT1018/102 hardware revisions and pressed Power on the remote control or the front panel of the player. It required that you press Eject to turn On the player. This firmware fixes this error, so Power will now properly engage the HDMI output for all hardware revisions.

Firmware Upgrade Instructions
USB Upgrade Instructions
1. Download *.BIN from OPPO Digital.
2. Copy the downloaded file to a USB thumb drive (or a flash memory card if you have a compatible card reader). Rename the file to 983.BIN. It is important that you must rename the file and use upper-case characters for the file name.
3. Turn on your TV display and the OPPO player. Insert the USB thumb drive or flash memory card reader to the USB slot. Open the player tray, and then close the tray with no disc in it.
4. The player will find the firmware file on the USB thumb drive or flash memory card. You will see "Press Play To Start" on your TV display. Press the PLAY key on the remote or the player once. The TV display shows "File Copying" and then "UPGRADING."
5. When the front panel display of the OPPO player starts counting "01/32", "02/32" and so on, remove the USB thumb drive or flash memory card reader from the USB slot. DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE. What follows is the process when the player will reboot itself.
6. DO NOT PRESS ANY BUTTONS NOR ATTEMPT TO CLOSE THE TRAY NOR UNPLUG THE POWER DURING THE REMAINING UPGRADE PROCESS.
7. After approximately 1 - 2 minutes, the player reboots itself to complete the process. The update process is completed when the front panel of the DVD player shows "No Disc".
8. Press the "OSD" button on the remote control to verify the new firmware version.
9. The new firmware may affect your HDMI output resolution and setup menu settings. To ensure you have the correct settings, turn off and then turn on the player. Press the HDMI button on the remote control to set the desired output resolution. Adjust the setup menu settings if necessary.
10. Congratulations! You have just completed the firmware upgrade.

CD-R Upgrade Instructions
1. Download the firmware ISO.
2. Burn a CD from the downloaded ISO image file. Be sure to burn the CD as an ISO image file, not a data file. The CD should contain a 983.BIN file if you burned it successfully. Please consult your CD burning software's help/instruction manual for more information on how to do this. Some general instruction for common CD burning software is listed below.
3. Turn on your TV display and the OPPO player. Open the player tray and insert the firmware CD, and then close the tray.
4. As soon as the CD is loaded, you will see "Press Play To Start" on your TV display. Press the PLAY key on the remote or the player once. The TV display shows "File Copying" and then "UPGRADING"
5. In about 8 seconds, the CD will be ejected. Remove the CD quickly; DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE. What follows is the process when the player will reboot itself.
6. DO NOT PRESS ANY BUTTONS NOR ATTEMPT TO CLOSE THE TRAY NOR UNPLUG THE POWER DURING THE REMAINING UPGRADE PROCESS.
7. After approximately 1 - 2 minutes, the player reboots itself and closes the tray automatically to complete the process. The update process is completed when the front panel of the DVD player shows "No Disc".
8. Press the "OSD" button on the remote control to verify the new firmware version.
9. The new firmware may affect your HDMI output resolution and setup menu settings. To ensure you have the correct settings, turn off and then turn on the player. Press the HDMI button on the remote control to set the desired output resolution. Adjust the setup menu settings if necessary.
10. Congratulations! You have just completed the firmware upgrade.

The Big Four Caveats: Or Why We Should Never See These Features Asked For Again

No 1080p/24Hz Support

Many of you asked about a 1080p 24Hz mode. The ABT1018 scaler and frame rate converter in the 983H is capable of generating the 1080p24Hz timing and converting 50Hz or 60Hz input to 24Hz. However the frame rate conversion is not locked to the original cadence of the program. This is due to the ABT1018 scaler/frame rate converter is a separate chip from the ABT102 de-interlacer, and there is no cadence information passed between the two chips. As a result, the 1080p 24Hz output will have judder. This defeats the purpose of having a 24Hz output for film-based material. We decide not to offer 1080p 24Hz output on the 983H.

No SACD DSD

Due to the insertion of the ABT video processor chipset in the signal path, the DV-983H cannot output DSD in its native format via HDMI. This is because adding the video processor chipset requires an external HDMI transmitter, but the decoder chip does not have native DSD output to feed into an external HDMI transmitter. The DV-980H uses the HDMI transmitter built into the decoder chip, and can get DSD data internally.

No 480i/576i Over HDMI

Again due to the insertion of the ABT video processor chip, 480i/576i over HDMI is not possible on the DV-983H. 480i/576i over HDMI requires pixel repetition and double clocking. This is not possible because the output from the decoder chip is not pixel repeated.

Beyond this, 480i/576i is not necessary for this product. You are purchasing the DV-983H for its ABT de-interlacing and scaling prowess. If you are looking for a video transport, there are cheaper alternatives, such as the

DV-980H. No Custom Resolutions

The ABT1018 scaler has some potential to support custom resolution. A major limitation is that the video timing clock must be derived from the input video clock using a PLL, which has a limited range. Due to the variation of custom resolution timing in different display devices, we will not officially offer custom resolution support. The DV-983H will initially offer no custom resolution support. After we get the standard features released, we will work with ABT to develop output timing for a limited set of custom resolution. Some custom resolutions may not be support due to the PLL cannot generate the required clock. The DVDO VP30/50 series video processor uses an external clock synthesizer chip to generate clock for custom resolutions. The external clock synthesizer solution is too expensive to put into the DV-983H. It is also too difficult to set up for non-expert users.

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I realize that the Oppo DV-983H beats the Denon 2930ci and 3930ci on the Secrets benchmarks.

Can anyone who has seen the picture quality of the DV-983H comment on whether the upsacled picture quality is better or worse than the Denon 2930ci and/or 3930ci?

Can you describe the difference? (less noise, sharper, softer, etc.)

I am only interested in upscaled PQ (1080i and 1080P) not interested in differences in DACs, audio, etc. I will not be using an external scaler.

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Advanced video processing featuring VRS by Anchor Bay technologies: Precision De-interlacing, Precision Video Scaling, Progressive Cadence Detection, AutoCUE-C, fine detail and edge enhancement

The 983 uses two Anchor Bay chips, the ABT102 (technically, it is an FPGA) and the ABT1018. Precison Deinterlacing, Precision Video Scaling, AutoCUE-C, and RightRate Framerate Converion are all supported technologies using this solution. Fine Detail Enhancement and Edge Enhancement are technologies that are exclusive to the ABT2010.

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Don't kill the messenger. This was a boilerplate sent to me by OPPO. I will be updating it once the official specifications are released in two weeks.
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Well I've pre ordered mine with 2 day shipping so I'll be one of the first to get their mitts on this thing. I'll post pics if I can figure out how.
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I ordered mine with two day shipping, too.

Do I recall reading on another thread that the remote codes for all the OPPO players are the same? Or, to be more specific, will the remote codes for the 981 work for the 983?

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Do I recall reading on another thread that the remote codes for all the OPPO players are the same? Or, to be more specific, will the remote codes for the 981 work for the 983?

The 983H includes a few buttons that the 981HD lacked (capture button, DVD/USB button), so there will be differences. In general, though, the two are fairly interchangeable. The 980H and 983H are even more similar.

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I have a 40" Sony Bravia XBR 1 and I was wondering if by any chance the 983 will allow me to compensate for the 5% overscan on this set. Anyone? I have been ploughing through the other Oppo 983 thread for an answer to this but found nothing. Thast search in itself was prompted by a request to Oppo's Customer Service asking if any of their players would be able to handle this. It was implied (or I inferred) in their answer (back in January) that the 983 might be able to, but I had to wait until the final specs were confirmed.

So.... what are my chances? Am I in luck? Or do I still have to wait until there's an official announcement.

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I have a 40" Sony Bravia XBR 1 and I was wondering if by any chance the 983 will allow me to compensate for the 5% overscan on this set. Anyone? I have been ploughing through the other Oppo 983 thread for an answer to this but found nothing. Thast search in itself was prompted by a request to Oppo's Customer Service asking if any of their players would be able to handle this. It was implied (or I inferred) in their answer (back in January) that the 983 might be able to, but I had to wait until the final specs were confirmed.

So.... what are my chances? Am I in luck? Or do I still have to wait until there's an official announcement.

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Ya, hopefully Oppo will be able to implement an underscan feature for the DV-980H so I can use that feature on my living room tv. I've been asking for that for two years.

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Is there any additional video file support with the 983 like .mkv, mp4, H.264?
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Do I recall reading on another thread that the remote codes for all the OPPO players are the same? Or, to be more specific, will the remote codes for the 981 work for the 983?

Same remote code. This is why I havn't used the DV-983H remote.
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Is there any additional video file support with the 983 like .mkv, mp4, H.264?

No. You will likely have to wait for a BD player for those functionalities.
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In regards to CD playback sound quality...

is it going to be more like or better than 980 or 981?

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PS: I pre-ordered mine. I just sold my 971 to a friend, so the buy in was not bad
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Thanks!! So, after much deliberation between this and a high end multi-purpose HTPC, I think my mind has just changed back to this again. And it's my birthday in 2 weeks!

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In regards to CD playback sound quality...

is it going to be more like the more like or better than 980 or 981?

thanks.

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PS: I pre-ordered mine. I just sold my 971 to a friend, so the buy in was not bad

I got the same question. I heard it would be similar to the 980, but that's about it. The last I read about the 983, it was stated that it could be better than the 980 due to upgraded power supplies, analog outs, etc. Is there any clarification on this? I already have a 981 and am using the analog outs for 2-channel listening BTW. I'm kinda looking at this or the Onkyo dx-7555 for 2.1 channel listening.
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No clarification at this time. All I can say, just like other people, is that it is better.
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Any word on how to order (or pre-order) the 983 in Canada?
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Try the following people:
http://solutionsav.ca/index.html

They are not listed on Oppos website as an official reseller but if you e-mail Oppo, they will tell you about these guys as well.
Thats how I found out about them as I couldnt find the reseller link when I first looked.

This is the information they just gave me this morning.

Havent received an answer on whether they are taking pre-orders or not.

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We should have it by the end of the month, pricing at $397, same shipping
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Hi all,

Oppo already has it on pre-order.
http://www.oppodigital.com/proddetail.asp?prod=DV983H

Just wondering when you guys are planning to get it in.

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The only other place I know of in Canada that sells Oppos officially and is listed as a reseller on their website is the following:
http://www.onlybestrated.com/dvd-players-c-21.html

I havent talked to them yet and probably wont as I would have to pay shipping to get it to me and the people listed first are in Toronto within public transit range and they will ship it for free anyway.

Hope this helps.
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Anyone have a softcopy of the manual yet?

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Anyone have a softcopy of the manual yet?

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I realize that the Oppo DV-983H beats the Denon 2930ci and 3930ci on the Secrets benchmarks.

Can anyone who has seen the picture quality of the DV-983H comment on whether the upsacled picture quality is better or worse than the Denon 2930ci and/or 3930ci?

Can you describe the difference? (less noise, sharper, softer, etc.)

I am only interested in upscaled PQ (1080i and 1080P) not interested in differences in DACs, audio, etc. I will not be using an external scaler.

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I see you're living up to your name :-)

I'm interested in any functional differences between this new player and existing models. Any way you can share what you've found? I'm not looking for spec differences but more user related differences.

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sjschaff, The picture on a large screen looks substantially better, anything more may violate my NDA. One more week guys, one more week...

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Can anyone give an opinion on how this compares to SD's on the XA2?
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Can anyone give an opinion on how this compares to SD's on the XA2?

A lot of people say the XA2 makes the picture look "plastic like". The 983 will make the pic look very film like and with lots of depth. The pics from both look good, but I like the 983 better. I also believe the 983 has better deinterlacing.

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Pre-Order DV-983H. Estimated Ship Date is March 10.
  • Optimized analog audio stage and isolated audio power supply


Does the 980H also have this feature?
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No and yes. No as the power supply is not isolated. Yes as in the power supply and sound stage have been optimized. The Dv-983H just takes it a step further.
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You know what I'd like? A frickin' shipping notification. I mean, I preordered a few days ago. I don't want to wait until next week.

Just terrible service. I think I'll cancel and head down to Walmart.

Or maybe I need a time machine.
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I know, it was a joke. I'm waiting like the rest of us.

You didn't get it when I said head down to Walmart?
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