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The Oppo Digital DV-970HD is one of the most highly anticipated DVD players since the incredible Oppo Digital DV-971H.

The DV-970HD is a highly-featured sister product to the DV-971H.

New features include: HDMI, Memory card reader, SACD, upconversion via component (non-copy protected discs).

Deinterlacing is performed by Media Tek - no macroblock enahance problems.

Please note the reported results do change with firmware updates. Because of the continuous improvement, this first post is always a work "in progress".

Contents:
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  1. News
  2. Features
  3. Firmware
  4. Manual/Tips/FAQ
  5. Defect/Wish Llist
  6. Review/Test Results
NEWS!!!!!!

DV970HD is to be available 5/31/2006!

FEATURES:
  • HDMI - HDCP
  • Multi card reader
  • USB Port
  • SACD and DVD-Audio
  • Upconversion via Component w/non-copy protected discs (720p/1080i)
  • 480i via HDMI
FIRMWARE:
Latest: MVer: 05.00.01.07 Batch: 3A-0916
Release Date: Sept 22, 2006

Release Notes:

The following new features and improvements are included in this version:

1. Improved HDMI Audio Compatibility and High Resolution Audio Output through HDMI

This version improves HDMI audio compatibility with TV, A/V receivers and audio processors. It also enables high resolution multi-channel audio output through the HDMI interface. The following setup menu settings are recommended:

When the HDMI output is connected to a TV directly, please use the factory default settings. The related settings are:

Speaker Setup Page:
Down-mix: Stereo
Front Speaker: Large
Subwoofer: Off
Audio Setup Page:
HDMI Audio: LPCM
With the above factory default settings the DVD player will down-mix center and surround audio channels to stereo and send in LPCM format to the TV. High resolution audio will be down-sampled to meet the TV's playback capability. The 2-channel LPCM format is most compatible with all types of TVs.

When the HDMI output is connected to an A/V receiver or audio processor with HDMI v1.1 or above specifications, please use the following settings:

Speaker Setup Page:
Down-mix: 5.1 CH
Front Speaker: Large
Center Speaker: Large
Rear Speaker: Large
Subwoofer: On
Audio Setup Page:
Digital Output: Raw
HDMI Audio: Auto
With the above settings, the DVD player will send CD, Dolby Digital and DTS audio signals as raw bit streams to the receiver for decoding. For high resolution stereo or multi-channel audio contents such as DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, the DVD player will send multi-channel PCM audio signals with the highest available sample frequency and bit numbers to the receiver. Depending on the original audio content, the format could be 44.1kHz - 192kHz, 2 - 6 channels. Setting all speakers to "Large" allows bass management to be handled by the receiver or audio processor.

Note: If you use HDMI to connect audio to an HDMI A/V receiver or audio processor, it is recommended that you choose 720p or 1080i HDMI output resolution when playing high resolution audio content (DVD-Audio and SACD). According to the HDMI specification, the bandwidth available for digital audio is proportional to the total bandwidth used by digital video. At 480i/480p/576i/576p resolution, the HDMI specification can only support 2 channels of audio with high sample rate (up to 192kHz), or 8 channels of audio with standard sample rate (up to 48kHz). Depending on the capability of your A/V receiver or audio processor, if you play high resolution audio content at 480i/480p/576i/576p resolution, you may encounter problems of incomplete audio channels or no audio/video output at all. Choosing a high HDMI output resolution such as 720p or 1080i allows enough bandwidth for all high sample rate audio channels.

2. Easier Track Skip for SACD and Digital Music Playback

When playing Super Audio CD or digital music files, the "Skip Prev" (|<<) and "Skip Next" (>>|) buttons on the remote control can be used to skip to the the previous or next track. This function enables the user to skip tracks without using the navigation menu on the video screen. When playback is stopped, these buttons can still be used to turn pages for the the on screen navigation menu, just like with the previous firmware version.

3. New Default Contrast Setting for Component Video Output (Same as 1A-0613 Beta Firmware)

The factory default contrast setting for component video output is slighted adjusted (tuned down to approximately -3 level of the previous firmware 1A-0526). This adjustment brings the default contrast for component video output to standard level and make it consistent with the HDMI output. The default contrast for the HDMI output is not affected. Please note that the brightness and contrast settings of your TV display also affect the final visual result. It is recommended that you calibrate the DVD player and the TV display together using a reference DVD such as The AVIA Guide to Home Theater or Digital Video Essentials.

4. Improved DVD-Audio Disc Compatibility

This version resolved compatibility issue when playing certain DVD-Audio discs, such as Remain in Light by TalkingHeads (UK version) and Greendale by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

5. Improved DivX and Xvid IDX+SUB Subtitle Support

This version improved compatibility for IDX+SUB type of subtitle used by some DivX and Xvid files. It now properly displays subtitle for 2-CD split DivX and Xvid files using the IDX+SUB subtitles.

6. Enhanced Power-on Response Time

The response time it takes from power-on to video playing or tray ejection is reduced by 3-4 seconds. This firmware version also improved overall stability.

Download Firmware here: Oppo 970HD 0916

Original: Mver 05.00.01.07 Batch: 1A-0525

MANUAL/TIPS/FAQ:

Oppo Digital's DV970HD Manuals

DV-970HD User Manual

DV-970HD Advanced User Manual

Inaccessable Settings
Certain settings are not accessible while a disc is playing or loaded.
In this case, eject the disc to access the settings.

Settings affected:

General Page:

SACD Priority
DVD-Audio Mode
DivX(R) VOD

Audio Setup Page:
HDMI Audio

Preference Page (The far right box)

DV-970HD SETTINGS:
Default settings are utilzed, for the most part. Some suggestions:
  • TV Display = Wide/SQZ (Will "pillarbox" 4:3 material with a slight penalty in 4:3 resolution)
  • Brightness = 0
  • Sharpness = OFF (will eliminate edge enhancement)
  • Color Space = YCbCr 4:4:4 (If DVI used, probably RGB)
  • Gamma = OFF
The center positions of Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation are an excellent starting point.

DIRECT PLAY:
To skip over the majority of warnings, promos, etc:

As soon as the DVD will allow:
  1. Press Stop
  2. Press Menu
"Direct Play" may appear briefly on the screen and the movie should begin.

CHECK FIRMWARE VERSION
  1. Power on the player with no disc inserted.
  2. Press "OSD" on remote.
  3. Note the popup on the screen. The "Batch" notation will be the firmware level.

MAKE REGION FREE:
  1. Press Setup on remote control to access the setup page
  2. Enter 9210 on the remote
  3. A secret menu will pop up
  4. Select 0 to 6 in region code (0 is region free)
  5. Press Setup on remote again to exit

DEFECT/WISH LIST:

05/30/2006, in approximate order of severity:

CURRENT DEFECTS:
  1. Reduced picture size with 720p/1080i -- this is a well-known issue. It is a Media Tek chip problem and will be addressed in a future firmware update.

WISHLIST:
Comments welcome. Oppo Digital is committed to making ongoing product improvement.

REVIEW/TEST RESULTS:

Keep in mind that the display can introduce its own artifacts. It will be noted if it is thought the display is contributing to any anomaly.

Basically, this is a rundown of the DVE video test patterns with certain tests from Avia included. The first description notes the test and expected results. Beneath that are the actual tested results, in italics.

EQUIPMENT:

Display: Panasonic TC-22LH1, Hitachi 32HDT55
Cable: Oppo supplied HDMI (Monster HDMI-> DVI) for Hitachi
Discs: DVE, Avia
Other: 6500K florescent light

REVIEW (HDMI & Component):
Forthcoming

DVD COMPATIBILITY (if listed, it's "OK"):
  • DVD-R : DVD Video
  • DVD+R : DVD Video, Divx/Xvid
  • DVD-RW : DVD Video
  • DVD+RW : DVD Video
  • CD-R : MP3, JPEG, Divx/Xvid
  • CD-RW :
  • DVD-Audio : YES
  • SACD-Audio : YES

VIDEO PERFORMANCE (HDMI & non-copy protected component):
1080i : HDMI w/Panasonic TC-22LH1
720p : Hitachi 32HDT55
480p : Panasonic TC-22LH1
480i : Panasonic TC-22LH1

SUMMARY:
Blacker than Black :
1080i : Passes BTB
720p : Passes BTB
480p : Passes BTB
480i : Passes BTB

Whiter than White :
1080i : Passes WTW
720p : Passes WTW
480p : Passes WTW
480i : Passes WTW

Macroblock enhance :
NONE at any connection or resolution

Chroma Upsampling Error :
1080i : no
720p : no
480p : no
480i : no

Subtitle Sync :
Outstanding at all resolutions

Bad Edit :
1080i : OK
720p : OK
480p : OK
480i : OK

Layer Change :
1080i : *Blink* of an eye
720p : *Blink* of an eye
480p : *Blink* of an eye
480i : *Blink* of an eye

Motion Adaptive Deinterlacer :
1080i : Yes
720p : Yes
480p : Yes
480i : N/A

Frame/Field pause :
1080i : Field
720p : Field
480p : Field
480i : N/A

4:3 display on 16:9 (aka "pillarbox"):
1080i: Yes (with a slight penalty of reduction in resolution)
720p: Yes (with a slight penalty of reduction in resolution)
480p: Yes
480i: Yes

DVE TEST PATTERN RESULTS (HDMI @ 1080i/480i):

12 - Video Test Signals, Display Setup Patterns

12.2 - DVD PLUGE w/Gray Scale - Check for BTB, uniform color w/6500k ref, uniform geometry

1080i : BTB OK, gray OK, geometry OK
480i : BTB OK, gray OK, geometry OK

12.3 - DVD PLUGE w/White - check for BTB, change in BTB bars, uniform geometry

1080i : BTB OK, gray OK, geometry OK
480i : BTB OK, gray OK, geometry OK

12.4 - Needle Pulse - mostly for CRT. Ensure vertical line does not bend (lower white level if line bends)

1080i : No problem noted
480i : No problem noted

12.5 - DVD PLUGE w/Gray & Bars - "catch all": check for BTB, black/white crush,color w/gray reference

1080i : BTB OK, no black/white crush, color OK
480i : BTB OKNo BTB, no black/white crush, color OK

12.6 - Color Bars w/Gray Reference - color check w/filter: red based colors the same, green based colors the same, blue based colors the same

1080i : Color Bars OK. No "green depression".
480i : Color Bars, OK.

12.7 - Split Bars w/Gray & DVD PLUGE - "catch all": check for BTB, black/white crush, split bars

1080i : BTB OK, no black white crush, color bars OK
480i : BTB OK, no black white crush, color bars OK

12.8 - Combination - "catch all": check for BTB, color, Y/C delay, luminance sweeps

1080i : BTB OK, color OK, no Y/C delay, luminance OK
480i : BTB OK, color OK, no Y/C delay, lumnnance OK

12.9 - 20% Window w/DVD PLUGE : the pluge should not change with the varying window brightness no bars should appear or disappear

1080i : BTB OK
480i : BTB OK

12.10 - 100% Window w/DVD PLUGE : as with 12.9

1080i : BTB OK, no fading or brightening
480i : BTB OK, no fading or brightening

12.11 - 40% Window w/DVD PLUGE : as with 12.9

1080i : as with 12.10
480i : as with 12.10

12.12 - 80% Window w/DVD PLUGE : as with 12.9

1080i : as with 12.10
480i : as with 12.10

12.13 - 20% Window w/DVD PLUGE : as with 12.9

1080i : as with 12.10
480i : as with 12.10

12.14 - Reverse Gray Ramps (with steps) - even color with ref 6500K - no black or white crush within the framing "dots"

1080i : even color with 6500K, no black/white crush
480i : even color with 6500K, no black/white crush

12.15 - Reverse Shallow Ramps - criss-crossed gray ramps. The ramps should be smooth with almost imperceptible steps. The gradation should be smooth and visible with both the top and bottom ramps. If not, crushing is taking place.

1080i : Ramps OK
480i : Ramps OK

12.16 - Ambient Light Reference - adjust 6500K backlight to match brightness, if used

Not/Applicable

12.17 - 1.33 Overscan Pattern - check for overscan and edge enhancement (very much display dependent). The center cross should not be outlined by a white line on any edge.

1080i:
Top 1%
Bottom 0%
Left 2%
Right 2%
No edge enhancement noted


480i:
Top 3%
Bottom 2%
Left 2%
Right 2%
Some edge enhancement noted


12.18 - 1.33 Aspect Ratio & Geometry Pattern - left: all horizontal/vertical lines visible: no flashing,no banding. right: all diagonal lines visible, smooth, no flashing, no banding

1080i : Mostly OK, some banding of high freq, horizontal/vertical lines noted (may be display). Otherwise OK.
480i : Mostly OK, slight banding of high freq, horizontal/vertical lines noted (may be display). Otherwise OK.

12.19 - 1.78 Aspect Ratio & Geometry Pattern - as above with 1.78 markers

1080i : as with 12.18
480i : as with 12.18

12.20 - 1.78 Convergence & Geometry - should be centered

1080i : see 12.17 some cropping (may be display)
480i : see 12.17 some cropping (may be display)

12.21 - Video Black


13 - Video Test Signals Picture Resolution

13.2 - SMPTE RP 133 - multiple:
1. Alphabet on all sides should be complete and readable.
2. Gray blocks should be uniform in color w/reference 6500K source. Next to the 0% box there is a 0% outer and 5% inner box. The 5% inner box should be visible. Next to the 100% box there is a 100% outer and 95% inner box. The 95% inner box should be visible. If either inner box is not visible, crushing is occurring.

1080i :
1. Top row of capital letters cut off (may be display). Left "A" cropped.
Right "M" cropped.
2. Inner boxes OK.


480i :
1. Top row of capital letters cut off (may be display). Left "A" cropped.
Right "M" cropped
2. Inner boxes OK.


13.3 - Multiburst Vertical - all lines visible, even brightness, no banding, no
flashing, no jittering.

1080i : Some banding noted with "full" (may be display), otherwise OK.
480i : very slight banding noted at "full", otherwise OK

13.4 - Multiburst, Horizontal, 0.5 to 5.75 Mhz - all lines visible, even brightness of segments, no banding no flashing, no jittering.

1080i : Even brightness, some banding noted at higher frequencies (may be display)
480i : Even brightness, very slight banding noted at higher frequencies (may be display)

13.5 - Multiburst, Horizontal, 5.75 to 6.75 Mhz - all line visible, even brightness, no banding no flashing, no jittering. If the brightness decreases, freq response is fading. If brightness increases left to right, freq response boost or edge enhancement

1080i : Even brightness, some banding noted at higher frequencies (may be display)
480i : Slight decrease in brightness, very slight banding noted at higher frequencies (may be display)

13.6 - Luminance Sweep, 0.5 to 5.75 Mhz - all lines visible, even brightness, no banding, no flashing, no jittering.

1080i : Even brightness, some banding noted at higher frequencies (may be display)
480i : Even brightness, slight banding noted at higher frequencies (may be display)

13.7 - Pb & Pr Sweep 0.25 Mhz to 2.785 Mhz - all lines visible, even brightness, no banding, no flashing, no jittering, no fading to gray

1080i : Even brightness, some banding noted at higher frequencies,some fading to gray (may be display)
480i : Even brightness, some banding noted at higher frequencies,some fading to gray (may be display)

13.8 - Video Black


14 - Video Test Signals, System Evaluation

14.2 - 20% Flat Field - even gray at 6500K

1080i : Even color gray w/6500K reference
480i : Even color gray w/6500K reference

14.3 - 40% Flat Field - as above

1080i : as with 14.2


14.4 - 60% Flat Field - as above

1080i : as with 14.2
480i : as with 14.2

14.5 - 80% Flat Field - as above

1080i : as with 14.2
480i : as with 14.2

14.6 - 100% Flat Field - as above

1080i : as with 14.2
480i : as with 14.2

14.7 - 100% Window w/PLUGE - BTB check, still OK?

1080i : BTB OK
480i : BTB OK

14.8 - Red 100% Amplitude - red, no orange tine, no other color, no noise, dead pixel check

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.9 - Green 100% Amplitude - green, no other color, no noise, dead pixel check

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.10 - Blue 100% Amplitude - blue, no other color, no noise, dead pixel check

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.11 - Red 75% Amplitude - should be no change in color from 100%

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.12 - Green 75% Amplitude - should be no change in color from 100%

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.13 - Blue 75% Amplitude - should be no change in color from 100%

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.14 - Cyan 75% Amplitude - check for noise

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.15 - Magenta 75% Amplitude - check for noise

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.16 - Yellow, 75% Amplitude - check for noise

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.17 - Horizontal Color Bars 100% Saturation - check w/filters

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.18 - Vertical Color Bars 100% Saturation - check w/filters

1080i : Color good
480i : Color good

14.19 - Video Black


15 - Video Test Signals, 1.33 Pattern

15.2 - Convergence, 1.33:1 Linear - pillarbox check, should be white line around entire pattern

Not Applicable

15.3 - Convergence, 1.33:1 1.78 letterbox markers - same with 1.78 markers

Not Applicable

15.4 - Snell & Wilcox Zone Plate Test Pattern, 2/3 rate - ideally the concentric rings should move smoothly,no breakup, no flashing, no distortion as it moves and changes direction. This tests the motion adaptive deinterlacing. In practice it is normal with a good motion adaptive deinterlacer for the concentric rings to distort for a moment, then resume good shape when redirection occurs. The diagonal lines on the left should be smooth with no jittering. If output is 480i then the motion adaptive circuitry used will be that of the TV -- if present. 480i will be more of a test of the display.

1080i : Looks OK, concentric rings motion adapted, diagonal lines fairly smooth
480i : Looks Fair, concentric rings not motion adapted (display), diagonal lines fairly smooth

15.5 - Snell & Wilcox Zone Plate Test Pattern, frame rate - as above

1080i : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines fairly smooth
480i : Concentric rings not motion adapted (display), diagonal lines farily smooth

15.6 - Snell & Wilcox Zone Plate Test Pattern, field rate - as above

1080i : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines fairly smooth
480i : Concentric rings not motion adapted (display), diagonal lines fairly smooth

15.7 - MPEG Decoder Test - *major* catch all test pattern:
1. diagonal lines on left smooth, no jittering
2. No banding with 4:2:0 on bottom left, it should be flashing alternate colors
3. Red and blue triangles in the center left should have smooth diagonal edges
4. Concentric blue/yellow and red/cyan circles in center upper left and right should be smooth and even brightness (aka ICP test)
5. Luminance sweeps at bottom should be even with no bleeding.
6. Rotating box in upper right should be smooth with no jaggies or combing

1080i :
1. Diagonal lines fairly smooth
2. Banding, no flashing alternate colors
3. Red and Blue Triangles have smooth diagonal edges
4. Concentric blue/yellow and red/cyan circles are smooth - passes test
5. Little bit of bleeding noted (may be display)
6. Rotating box is smooth


480i :
1. Diagonal lines fairly smooth
2. Banding present
3. Red and Blue Triangles have fairly smooth diagonal edges
4. Concentric blue/yellow and red/cyan circles are somewhat smooth - some ICP present
5. Little bit of bleeding noted (may be display)
6. Rotating box is smooth


15.8 - Black Stretch Test - check for BTB

1080i : BTB does fade a bit with this test (probably display)
480i : BTB is passed to fade/enhance

15.9 - Bounce - no geometry changes with flashing. Mainly for CRT displays.

1080i : No problems noted
480i : No problems noted

15.10 - Video Black


16 - Video Test Signals, 1.78 Pattern

16.2 - Snell & Wilcox Zone Plate Test Pattern, 2/3 rate - as with 15.4

1080i : Looks OK, concentric rings motion adapted -- maybe a bit slow to lock, diagonal lines fairly smooth
480i : Looks Fair, concentric rings not motion adapted (display), diagonal lines fairly smooth

16.3 - Snell & Wilcox Zone Plate Test Pattern, frame rate - as with 15.4

1080i : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines fairly smooth
480i : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines fairly smooth

16.4 - Snell & Wilcox Zone Plate Test Pattern, field rate - as with 15.4

1080i : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines fairly smooth
480i : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines fairly smooth

16.5 - A/V Timing Clock - color ramps w/flashing white bar on top. The colors should be smooth and the flashing white bar should coincide with the tone.

1080i : Colors mostly smooth, timing OK. Perfect Av Sync
480i : Colors mostly smooth, timing OK. Perfect AV Sync

AVIA (selected) TEST PATTERN RESULTS (HDMI @ 1080i):

Color Decoder - primary colors should be at 0% with reference to background gray

1080i : Colors OK when adjusted, no green depression noted.
480i : Colors OK when adjusted, no green depression noted.

Y/C Delay - primary colors should match up with gray box below at 0.00. Keep in mind that this test is only a rough estimate.
1080i:
Blue : -0.00
Red : -0.00
Green : -0:00


480i :
Blue : 0.00
Red : 0.00
Green : 0.00


Moving Zone Plate - Concentric and diagonal lines should retain shape and detail upon movement
1080i :
Fair, lots of breakup, diagonal lines hold together a bit.

Pixel Crop (4:3) - Should be no pixels cropped from sides or top. Highly display dependent.
[i]1080i:
TOP : 0
BOTTOM : 0
LEFT : 0
RIGHT : 0

[i]480i : (any cropping is probably my display)
TOP : 10
BOTTOM : 10
LEFT : 0
RIGHT : 0

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OPPO DV-970HD Universal DVD Player
With HDMI Output and High Definition Up-Conversion

FEATURES:

Universal DVD Player Features:

Superior compatibility with DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), Certified DivX, Xvid, Audio CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD and other digital audio and video media/formats
Plays DivX® 5, DivX® 4, DivX® 3, and DivX® VOD video content (in compliance with DivX Certified technical requirements)
Plays XviD and .SRT, .SMI, .IDX and .SUB format

Video Up-Conversion Features:

High definition up-conversion with film-like picture quality to up-convert 720x480 interlaced video encoded on DVD discs to 480p/720p/1080i
High-quality pure digital video and audio through a single HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable
Multiple high definition video formats through HDMI and component outputs*: NTSC: 480i/480p/720p/1080i; PAL: 576i/576p/720p/1080i (* Component output for CSS-encrypted DVD discs (almost all commercially pressed DVD discs) is limited to 480i/480p only.)
Compatible with HDTV, HD-Ready TV, HDTV monitors and projectors

Optimized Audio Features:

Optimized analog audio circuitry for great audio quality
Built-in Dolby Digital decoder with individual 5.1ch and down-mixed stereo outputs
Optical and coaxial digital audio outputs for Dolby Digital, DTS and Linear PCM
Unique Audio Only mode with video processing turned off for perfect acoustic fidelity
3D Surround (Virtual Surround): Concert, Live, Dance, Techno, Classic, Soft
Built-in equalizer, channel trim and channel delay functions

Compatibility Features:

PAL/NTSC disc and TV compatible with automatic or manual system conversion
Compatible with CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW and DVD+R DL* (* Playability of self-recorded discs may vary depending on media and formatting software types)
Enhanced dual-layer disc support with fast layer change
Wide range universal power supply (~100V-240V, 50/60Hz AC)

Standard Video Features:

Progressive scan component outputs (YPbPr)
Composite video and S-Video outputs for standard TVs
Supports screen aspect ratio 4:3 (standard) and 16:9 (wide-screen)
User adjustable video controls: Sharpness, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue and Gamma
Multi-angle view

Convenience Features:

4-in-1 flash memory card reader compatible with Memory Stick, Secure Digital, Multi-Media Card, and SmartMedia (MS/SD/MMC/SM)
USB interface for expanded connectivity
Smooth and easy navigation of photo albums, music collections and video files on DVD, CD, flash memory cards and USB disks.
Selectable subtitle and audio tracks

Connectors:

HDMI - High Definition Multimedia Interface: 1
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr): 1 group (3 connectors)
Analog Stereo Audio (Mixed 2-Channel Left/Right): 1 group (2 connectors)
Analog 5.1 Channel Audio: 1 group (6 connectors)
S/PDIF (IEC-958) Coaxial Digital Audio: 1
S/PDIF (IEC-958) Optical Digital Audio: 1
Composite Video: 1
S-Video: 1

Accessories Included:

High-quality certified HDMI cable with ferrite core and gold-plated HDMI connectors
Remote control with "glow in the dark" keypad (batteries included)
Stereo audio cable
Composite video cable
User manual and warranty information

SPECIFICATIONS:
(Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.)

Disc Types*:

DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), Certified DivX, Xvid, Audio CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD
DivX (DivX Certified Home Theater Profile Parameters, V2.2. Covers DivX 3.11 - 5.1)
CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD+R DL
* 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.

Output:

Analog Audio: Stereo, 5.1ch
Digital Audio: Coaxial, Optical, HDMI
Analog Video: Composite, S-Video (Y/C)
Component Video**: Y/Pb/Pr, NTSC 480i/480p/720p/1080i, PAL 576i/576p/720p/1080i
Digital Video: HDMI with HDCP (NTSC 480i/480p/720p/1080i, PAL 576i/576p/720p/1080i)
** Component output for CSS-encrypted DVD discs (almost all commercially pressed DVD discs) is limited to 480i/480p only.

Video Characteristics:

Composite Video Amplitude: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω)
S-Video Amplitude: Y: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω), C: 0.286Vp-p (75Ω)
Component Video: Y: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω), Pb/Pr: 0.7Vp-p (75Ω)
HDMI: HDMI Specifications 1.1, CEA-861-B

Audio Characteristics***:

Frequency: 20Hz - 20kHz (±1dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >100dB
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.01%
*** Nominal specification.

General Specification:

Power Supply: ~ 100V - 240V, 50/60Hz AC
Power Consumption: 14W
Dimensions: 420mm x 255mm x 41mm, 16-1/2 x 10 x 1-5/8 inches
Mass: 2.2kg / 4.85 lbs (DVD player unit only)

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Oppo DV-970HD at 1080i versus Samsung DVD-HD960 at 1080p--which is better?

There will probably be many more of these questions and many times it will depend upon the processing of the 1080p accepting set versus the processing of the various players and which will work better with each in each situation.

Maybe in the future there will be a sticky giving a consensus as to which Upconverting DVD player is best with various sets and resolutions. Until then look for many "Which is best--the DVD player feeding versus the TV set converting?"
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I messed with the DVD-HD960 for a while and could not get a good picture out of it that did not involve some ghosting (even at "1" - the lowest setting - the unit ghosts). It turned my plasma into a DLP! I don't have a 1080p display, so I can't comment on how well designed the 1080p output is.
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The iscan hd+ does support 480i/576i on the DVI input but only for the colorspace RGB 4:4:4. Does the 970hd outputs that via hdmi?
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Hopefully this question will be added to the FAQ:

How does it handle 4:3 material? Black bar pillarbox and/or zoom a la Panny RP91K?
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Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Me Away from an OPPO player with DVD-A/SACD and HDMI. Any ideas what the release date is? Are they using the same chipset/scaler as 971H? I'm going to be looking for a new player sometime in July. Any ideas about the selling price? Thanks for the informative posts.
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The iscan hd+ does support 480i/576i on the DVI input but only for the colorspace RGB 4:4:4. Does the 970hd outputs that via hdmi?

It is user selectable. You have the choice of RGB or YCbCr 4:4:4.
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Hopefully this question will be added to the FAQ:

How does it handle 4:3 material? Black bar pillarbox and/or zoom a la Panny RP91K?

Pillarbox if you use Wide/SQZ.
Stretch if you just use Wide.
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Wild Horses Couldn't Drag Me Away from an OPPO player with DVD-A/SACD and HDMI. Any ideas what the release date is? Are they using the same chipset/scaler as 971H? I'm going to be looking for a new player sometime in July. Any ideas about the selling price? Thanks for the informative posts.

The unit will officially go on sale tomorrow. It will have a MSRP of 149.99 USD.

The DV970HD does all of its deinterlacing and scaling through a Mediatek chipset combo: the 1389EE and 1392. The 1389EE (also utilized in the OPDV971H) does all of the hardware decoding and analog audio DAC support. The Mediatek 1392 does the scaling and HDMI transmission, as well as analog video DAC.

The DV970HD does not have the Faroudja chipset.
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There is no macroblock enhance but be aware that the *deinterlacing* peformance of the MediaTek is not quite up to the Faroudja. Many users may not notice and consider the MBE/deinterlacing trade-off to be acceptable.
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May be redundant question. Is the HDMI = HDMI 1.1 HDCP compliant?

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Interesting, it's got a USB port. Will it support external hard drives? Fat32? NTFS formatted drives? DVD ISO files from hard drive?

Do we know the hack/code to enable component upconversion for protected DVD content? Or do we need a modified firmware in order to enable this?

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Yes HDCP compliant -- I have noticed no HDCP problems during testing.
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Upconversion via component -- no hacking needed.
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BTB is passed via upconverted component -- no conflict of color matrix for upconversion (HDMI & component).
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New webpage is updating. The official page for the DV970HD will be: http://www.oppodigital.com/dv970hd/dv970hd.html

They are updating the website, so most of it is not accessible at the moment.
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Interesting, it's got a USB port. Will it support external hard drives? Fat32? NTFS formatted drives? DVD ISO files from hard drive?

It will theoretically be useable for all external storage devices. But be warned, the USB is only rated at 1.1.

ISO images will not load, as they are not recognized by the MTK Explorer. Though VOBs may work. Will have to try.

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Do we know the hack/code to enable component upconversion for protected DVD content? Or do we need a modified firmware in order to enable this?

There are no hacks which allow for component based upconversion of copyrighted material. The current firmware that beta testers have will likely not be the same that is shipped with the unit (ie. HDCP currently is disabled for testing purposes).
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Paul and others,

How does 970 compare to your other DVD players (in any price range) in terms of color rendition, black richness, sharpness, detail, etc. In other words, the "non-scientific" stuff?

I'm considering this player or the Sony 3100ES as my last standard DVD player until I jump into HD next year. I have a well calibrated, ISF'd Sony CRT RPTV (KP-57WS520). I've demo'd or owned a good number of players at one time or another (Denon 3910, Sony 3100ES/9100ES, Panasonic XP-30, Sony H75, etc.).

I even tried the Oppo 971 but found the image too soft for my display.

I would use the 970 primarely for component 480p.......and maybe once in a while upscale it via HDMI to 1080i.

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User Manual (included in box)
Advanced User Manul (Online only for now) created by AudioHolics as a procedual manual for setting up the DV970HD, as well as explaining functionality indepth.
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Pillarbox if you use Wide/SQZ.
Stretch if you just use Wide.

Can someone expound upon the comment:
Will "pillarbox" 4:3 material with a slight penalty in 4:3 resolution?
What is the slight penalty and how does it manifest?
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User Manual (included in box)
Advanced User Manul (Online only for now) created by AudioHolics as a procedual manual for setting up the DV970HD, as well as explaining functionality indepth.

Thanks for the link to the manual.

At first glance I'm glad to see it has 5.1ch analog outputs for DVD-Audio, unlike the new Panny 52S and LG191 which do DVD-Audio only over HDMI and they've nixed the 5.1ch analog outputs.

Plus, its good to see that Oppo haven't cheaped out by eliminating either the digital coax or digital optical outputs and have thoughtfully provided both.

Its also good to see an Open/Close button on the remote and TV volume control buttons (though its unusual to see them side by side instead of vertically oriented).
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Can someone expound upon the comment:
Will "pillarbox" 4:3 material with a slight penalty in 4:3 resolution?
What is the slight penalty and how does it manifest?

The DV970HD still does reduced resolution. This is an issue with the way the MTK chipset handles pillarboxing. The MTK chipset is doing its pillarboxing based on the center of the image, rather than the pixel resolution of the source. So it isn't as much a loss of resolution as it is a compression of resolution. I will have to see if I can't find the post from the OPDV971H threads about this issue.

This is what Josh Z said about Pillarboxing on the OPDV971H Braindump Forum
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DVD has a resolution of 720x480 pixels (the pixels are not square). If your display locks into widescreen mode, this means that those 720x480 pixels will create a 1.78:1 image. The 4:3 center portion of that 1.78:1 image has a resolution of only 540x480 pixels, with the other 180 pixels used to create the black pillarbox bars. That's a loss of 25% horizontal resolution.

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Just placed my order for the the 970h about an hour ago, straight from oppodigital.com...
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Just placed my order for the the 970h about an hour ago, straight from oppodigital.com...
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Upconversion via component -- no hacking needed.

I could've sworn mine did too at one point, but I just loaded the firmware from a week or two ago to see if the CUE was fixed (it wasn't) and I checked to see if upscaling still worked via component. It doesn't. If you stop, then change resolutions via the remote it will do it on the Oppo screen, but when you hit play it switches back to 480p. I just did it like 3 times. The info screen on my plasma doesn't lie. No big deal for me since I would only use 480i or 480p. Is there something I missed.? Previously I was thinking that it would be a dream come true for some folks.

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Yeah! Oppo added discrete on/off support for the 970.

http://www.oppodigital.com/dv970hd/dv970hd_faq.html#A5

I created a JP1 upgrade file here (for OneForAll, Radio Shack, etc. JP1-capable remotes):
http://www.hifi-remote.com/forums/dl...e&file_id=3284

These codes were created for the Oppo Digital DV-970HD
upconverting HDMI DVD player.

All original functions of OEM remote are included, including
some extra functions not on the original remote.

Following functions *not* included on the OEM have been added:

discrete on/off
pause/step
sound field
equalizer
multi-channel downmix
dd dual mono

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Oppo DV-970HD does not support saving playback location automatically upon power shutdown.

I was able to simulate this functionality by redefining my Power Toggle and Discrete Off IR functions on my remote to be macros "Memory + Power Toggle" and "Memory + Discrete Off"
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