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If anyone has the great review from DVD Magazine please post. I wonder
if this is even a real review. Has anyone heard of Dvd Magazine?
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If this player has a picture comparable or better than the Panasonic then it will have a SIGNIFIGANTLY better picture than your Toshiba even over 480p component!

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Quote:
Originally posted by Hi Deaf
I like this quote:

DVD Magazine:
"OPDV971H, probably the best DVD player in the world!"

Wow, the only USA dealer carrying the Oppo DV971H I am aware of is Extremephoto. They are going to have a hard time keeping it in stock if that is true. Amazing and at less than $200. We should be seeing some rapid price drops for the Denon DVD-5910 if they want to compete with this player.

Seriously, this player sounds very good. I wish I hadn't already purchased the Zenith DVB318. This may turn out to be the real giant killer.

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The oppodigital home page lists reviews from CNET and Secure Home Theatre. I can't find any of the reviews doing a Google search and I would
like to know what Secure Home Theatre is? I wonder if these reviews are
made up?

http://www.oppodigital.com/default.asp
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The oppodigital home page lists reviews from CNET and Secure Home Theatre. I can't find any of the reviews doing a Google search and I would
like to know what Secure Home Theatre is? I wonder if these reviews are
made up?

http://www.oppodigital.com/default.asp



Maybe they (OPPO) meant to say "Secrets" Home Theater review... just a guess.

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Wow, the only USA dealer carrying the Oppo DV971H I am aware of is Extremephoto. They are going to have a hard time keeping it in stock if that is true. Amazing and at less than $200. We should be seeing some rapid price drops for the Denon DVD-5910 if they want to compete with this player.

Seriously, this player sounds very good. I wish I hadn't already purchased the Zenith DVB318. This may turn out to be the real giant killer.

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There appears to be a vendor on Amazon's website as well, selling the DV971H.
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There is no squeeze mode, the 4:3 material defaulted to stretched on a 16:9 display.

4:3 material certainly appears a bit stretched on my 16:9 LCD pj display. Guess I'd better hang on to the Bravo D1 for my Nero Wolfe dvds...sigh....

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The vendor on Amazon is Extreme Phono.

Secrets has not reviewed this player.
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Extreme Phono? That's odd - the shipping charge is about half as much if ordered on Amazon rather than on Extreme's site - and Extreme is located in Fremont, Ca. The Amazon vendor, who traces back to a site and business name listed as BBKUSA, says they are located in Mountain View, Ca. They request that checks be made payable to OPPO Digital, Inc according to their website.

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I just did a whois search on Oppo's site. It's registered to someone in Mountain View as well.
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Extreme Phono? That's odd - the shipping charge is about half as much if ordered on Amazon rather than on Extreme's site - and Extreme is located in Fremont, Ca. The Amazon vendor, who traces back to a site and business name listed as BBKUSA, says they are located in Mountain View, Ca. They request that checks be made payable to OPPO Digital, Inc according to their website.

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From Oppo's website:

Based in Mountain View, California, OPPO Digital, Inc. is a leading maker of next-generation digital electronics, providing award-winning high-end audio and video products to enrich digital life.
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Half!? Hey Extremephono! I want my 9 bucks!

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As I have a Sony HS20 HD projector with HDMI ( need to use due to fairly long cable run and a DVI connector won't fit through the wiring conduit), so I am awaiting feedback from anyone using this player with a HDMI to DVI cable or HDMI cable with DVI converter.

Extremephono - thanks in advance for providing what seems to be a high performance upscaling DVD player at an affordable price. I know it is against marketing law to reveal upcoming enhanced products (don't want to kill current product sales), but can you tell us if we could expect to see an Oppo player that has HDMI and supports DVD-Audio and SACD? The other item on my wish list is already covered - strong product support from the manufacturer via firmware upgrades.

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The new firmware release will fix the 'stretched' 4:3, and also add DVD Audio, but no SACD.

Sometimes it's not possible to have everything in the same box: we could have a DVD Player with SACD and DVDA support but no Faroudja chip. Or, we can have Faroudja, SACD and DVDA but not MPEG4. So we make the obvious decision and we have the 971H in its current form.
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DVD-Audio is a nice addition! I have several of those discs! When might we expect the firmware release?

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Wouldn't a "firmware" not be able to add SACD and/or DVD-Audio, rather only a hardware mod/alteration would only be able to accomplish these feats?
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I know Extremephono has been a good company in the past. I wish they
would address the "reviews" and the Amazon link issues. Are they one and the same company as the seller on Amazon and who wrote the reviews? I remember a few years ago that Columbia Pictures wrote their own quotes to put in the ads for their films. They got caught.
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I wish, long shot I know, that the firmware offered EITHER SACD or DVD-A. Let us choose if it's a firmware to be issued.

PLEASE!!!!!!

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The Oppo website lists a 971H DVD player for $1,200 (list price $2,000). I didn't follow the link to see where it went but the whole site with a $1,300 DVD recorder that seems to indicate HDTV capability, which I didn't try to follow either, seems sort of strange. The Oppo 971H on the Oppo site is here:

http://www.oppodvd.com/proddetail.as...ayer001&cat=11

The player sounds great but a lot of the peripheral things, reviews, sellers, Amazon link, etc. seem suspect.

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I think that the company is just setting up their website. They will be at the
CES show. I will try to look them up.
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I am still on the fence about whether or not I want to get an upconverting player as I am stuck with a 32" Sony 32HS420 which is a CRT display. A lot of people say that upconverting players aren't worth it on CRT displays, but I have an Xbox, and some games support 720p and when I watch them in 720p compared to 480p I notice a big improvement, so I think that I might want to go with an upconverting player that can do 720 or even 1080i.

Anyway, my display only has an HDMI input, so am I correct in assuming that I should be able to use a DVI -> HDMI cable without any problems with this player?
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Constrictor, I don't think you will notice much of a difference on a 32" set.
You might want to save some money and get a good 480P player.
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Constrictor, I don't think you will notice much of a difference on a 32" set.
You might want to save some money and get a good 480P player.

I think Constrictor should take into account the fact that this player from OPPO (aside from upsampling), has other benefits to consider.

1. Region Free / PAL DVD playback

2. Divx/XViD support (Finally!!!)

3. Relatively cheap ($199)

4. And finally support for DVD-Audio coming soon.

How many DVD-Audio players you know of support XViD? Hmm...

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The Panasonic looked phenominal over component 480p and that's probably how I'll end up using this player. Definitely not 1080i DVI only.

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Originally posted by Extremephono
The new firmware release will fix the 'stretched' 4:3, and also add DVD Audio, but no SACD.

Sometimes it's not possible to have everything in the same box: we could have a DVD Player with SACD and DVDA support but no Faroudja chip. Or, we can have Faroudja, SACD and DVDA but not MPEG4. So we make the obvious decision and we have the 971H in its current form.

What is MPEG4 and why do I want it? It seems to me that Faroudja, SACD and DVD-A would be desirable. That's what Samsung is doing, and it seems that there is growing interest in "universal players". Given the excitement over this player, I'd think a newer model that maintained video quality while adding DVD-A and SACD would be very popular.
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Divx and xVid are variants of mpeg4 that this player can handle. You can download tons of free internet porn in divx but more importantly you can download high definition downmixes of television shows and play them in anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 with xvid. This is a great feature, as my antenna reception is not always rosy.

Oh and I STILL don't understand how there can be 100 posts of "stay away from the samsung, it's crap, it doesn't work, it has issues" and people can still say "I think I'll buy the samsung!"

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Originally posted by Chris Gerhard
The Oppo website lists a 971H DVD player for $1,200 (list price $2,000). I didn't follow the link to see where it went but the whole site with a $1,300 DVD recorder that seems to indicate HDTV capability, which I didn't try to follow either, seems sort of strange. The Oppo 971H on the Oppo site is here:

http://www.oppodvd.com/proddetail.as...ayer001&cat=11

The player sounds great but a lot of the peripheral things, reviews, sellers, Amazon link, etc. seem suspect.

Chris

That (OppoDVD_com) seems to a beta site as the prices on their gear is all out of wack on most of the pages on the site.

The Oppo Digital site: http://www.oppodigital.com/default.asp has no prices for any of their gear and the shopping cart pages don't work.

The Amazon vendor is listed as 'Oppodvd' (yesterday it was listed as 'Thunderauction') whose website is BBKUSA in Mountainview, Ca. The last customer feedbacks for this vendor on Amazon were in 2001-02. Amazon apparently controls the shipping rates by its vendors ($4.49 plus $.50 per pound) for basic ground shipping, which would explain the cheaper rates. And the only way to purchase from this vendor that I could see is via his listing on the Amazon site.

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I wish, long shot I know, that the firmware offered EITHER SACD or DVD-A. Let us choose if it's a firmware to be issued.

PLEASE!!!!!!

SA-CD requires a hardware update since the Sony DSD decoder must be added to permit DSD decoding. Most MPEG decoders on the market right now will support DVD-A so as long as the DACs in the player will support 96/24 MC and 192/24 stereo adding DVD-A isn't that big a deal.

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Thanks, Kris, for the quick reply!!

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Here are some pics from my new Oppo which arrived today from Extremephono.com:





























I will give my impressions on the quality of the DVI-out picture and any "extras" I may find in the menu options tomorrow. I want to try out some more of my PAL Region 2/3 DVDs and some reference DVDs like LoTR Extended Editions, and Moulin Rouge before passing judgement.

For reference:
I have a Panasonic 42" TH-42PWD7UY plasma and a Sanyo PLV-Z3 using a DVI-HDMI cable. I plan on using the Panasonic to test the component 480p and the DVI 480p. The Sanyo will be used for testing the DVI @ 720p.



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