My Oppo arrived Thursday, and first impressions are REAL good. The PQ via DVI is "WOW!" I had to do some major adjustments with the brightness and contrast controls using DVE, but that's probably because my Sammy DLP was ISF calibrated. Once that was done, I was VERY happy with what I was seeing.
I am not a videophile by any stretch of the imagination. I'm not sure I'd know macroblocking if I saw it. And, like rainbows on my Sammy, I have no desire to go looking for it, or any of the other problems so often reported with today's DVD players. In this case, ignorance IS bliss.
So far the Oppo has performed flawlessly, but I've only had a few discs in it. I'm going to be using it exclusively for DVD video, so I've not experimented with it's DVD-A capabilities. I have a Denon 2910 for multichannel music. PQ via DVI is what this player is all about.
I do have a few minor complaints that are hardly deal breakers, at least for me. Most HT gear is 17 1/8 inches wide. This puppy, for some reason is only 16 1/2 inches wide.
The front panel is only 1 1/8 inches in height (the rest of the player is 1 5/8", and with the feet, the whole thing is more like 1 3/4"). As a result the display is a little small. I wish they had left the front panel of the unit the same size as the rest of the unit, and made the display a little larger. This, combined with the blue readout and the font used, makes the display, for me, somewhat difficult to read. I'm only about 8 feet from it, and I have to move closer to make it out (however, I'm old. Younger eyes may not have this problem).
The very thin, flexible disc tray will take a little getting used to, but it seems sturdy enough.
It has a couple of features the purpose of which I've not yet discerned. It has a PSM (Power Spectrum Meter) button, which yields a 13 bar meter on the screen that resembles a VU meter. The bars vary in amplitude with the audio portion of a DVD. Looks cool, but I don't yet know it's practical application.
For those of you who like to sing along, it has 2 "key" buttons. "Press KEY button to adjust tone in order to assort your singing tone range." I guess it puts the song in your key.
Since the included remote has no lighting whatsoever, if you're in a darkened room, simply press the "Virtual Keyboard" button, and a simulated remote appears on the TV screen around which you can navigate with the remote's cursor buttons. Just press the "select" button to perform the desired task. Since I use an MX-850 remote which has more than adequate backlighting, I have no need for this.
I haven't experimented with comparing the 720p output to the 1080i, but intend to do that this weekend to see which, if either, I prefer.
I haven't noticed any sync problem. One poster stated that he noticed a sync problem with Shakespeare In Love. I have that DVD and will try to take a look at it this weekend. Like macroblocking, I fear if I look for a sync problem, I'll find it.
One of the really good things about this unit is that, so far, the company has been VERY responsive to any problems discovered, and has shown a willingness to issue firmware updates promptly.
So far I'm completely happy with this thing.