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Oppo DV981HD FAQ / Brain Dump

The Oppo Digital DV981HD has been highly anticipated as it takes the background of the DV971H and takes it a step further by adding 1080p, HDMI and SACD. There is no 480i via HDMI. Trere are no component outputs. For convenience, composite and S-Video are included.

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

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

The Oppo Digital DV-981HD is now available for sale.

FIRMWARE

Latest Version: MVer: 05.00.01.07 Batch: 0-1115A
Release Date: November 30, 2006

Summary of This Release:

This firmware version is the initial public release for the OPPO DV-981HD Universal DVD Player with HDMI and High Definition Up-Conversion. It is already pre-installed in all units shipped on or after the release date.

MANUAL/TIPS/FAQ

User's manual:

Updated DV-981HD manual

[DV981HD 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
  • CCS = OFF (may reduce some flicker between bright colors)
  • TrueLife = OFF (setting to ON will enable the Noise Reduction feature to be used)

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
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:
The latest shipment of units are not region free. To change to region free mode do this:
  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:

REVIEW/TEST RESULTS

EQUIPMENT:

Display: Panasonic TC-22LH1, Hitachi 32HDT55, Sony KDL-40XBR2
Cable: Supplied HDMI cable, Monster HDMI->DVI (for Hitachi display)
Discs: DVE, Avia, HQV
Other: 6500K florescent light

REVIEW (HDMI):

Physical:
The obvious styling change as compared to the other Oppo Digital players is that this one is black in color. I think the Oppo is an attractive looking player -- I really like the understated styling and brushed black metal accent on the front panel. The player is solid feeling. While the tray is thin and flexes, it is tough. Solid metal on five sides. The disc door opens quietly. The discs spin smoothly and there seems to be no unusual vibrations. The RCA connectors are gold plated. Four foot pads with simulated "feet" in front.

Operation:

Just as nice as the DV-971H. Fast, secure, disc handling. Skipping tracks and general navigation is a joy. As with other MediaTek players, layer change is lightning fast. The Panasonic S97 has a lot more configuration items, no doubt about it, however the simplicity of the Oppo has its appeal as well. The quality of the zoom is not quite in the leauge of the Momitsu V880, but the picture looks fair. HDMI was enabled "out of the box". DTS decoder is included.

Picture:

Just as nice as the DV-971H. The Oppo player has a *lot* of detail. 1080p, in my view, ehances the picture even better. I tend to sit very close to the display and density of the pixels is just amazing. The DV-981HD takes advantage of that. The "per pixel" feature of the Sony 40XBR2 takes full advantage of the 1080p upconversion and is recommended for optimum viewing. While it does not play the new High Definition discs, the picture is immersive and quite startling. When using the player, start with the defaut settings. With these settings, color, tint, BTB, grayscale all looked correct and verified via DVE, filters, and 6500K reference. Good motion characteristics -- as expected with Faroudja. Pans looked smooth. Macroblock enhance is noted in some dim scenes. Some light random blocks of color tint noted with black and white material. Individual results may vary, but after lenghty viewing I think the Oppo may be doing a slightly better job than the S97. In many ways, the picture of this player reminds me of the 'S97 -- not real surprising given the Faroudja processing. Macroblock enhance aside, I would say the picture is vastly better than the V880.

DISC COMPATIBILITY (if listed, it's "OK"):
  • DVD-R : DVD Video
  • DVD+R : DVD Video, Divx/Xvid
  • DVD-RW : DVD Video (but not VR mode)
  • DVD+RW : DVD Video
  • CD-R : MP3, JPEG, NTSC VCD, PAL VCD, SVCD, Divx/Xvid
  • CD-RW :
  • DVD-Audio : YES. For two channel set the Downmix to "Stereo", for multichannel set to "5.1CH".
  • SACD : YES
While the EQ and SF buttons will not affect the sound as in other modes, these are undocumented "Previous Page" and "Next Page" DVD-Audio operations.

PAL : (region free)
NTSC: (region free)

CONNECTION COMPATIBILITY:
HDMI only. HDCP compliant.
Has 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

VIDEO PERFORMANCE:
1080p : HDMI w/Sony KDL-40XBR2
1080i : HDMI w/Panasonic TC-22LH1, Hitachi 32HDT55, Sony KDL-40XBR2
720p : HDMI Hitachi 32HDT55, Sony KDL-40XBR2
480p : HDMI with Hitachi 32HDT55, Pansonic TC-22LH1, Sony KDL-40XBR2

SUMMARY:

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

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

Macroblock enhance :
1080p : Present
1080i : Present
720p : Present
480p : Present

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

Subtitle Sync :
1080p : Good, some occasional combing noted
720p : Good, some occasional combing noted

Bad Edit :
1080i : OK
720p : OK

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

Motion Adaptive Deinterlacer :
1080p : Yes
720p : Yes

Frame/Field pause :
1080p : Field
720p : Field

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

DVE TEST PATTERN RESULTS (HDMI @ 1080p / 720p):

12 - Video Test Signals, Display Setup Patterns

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

1080p / 720p : BTB OK, gray OK, geometry OK

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

1080p / 720p : 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)

1080p / 720p : No problem noted

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

1080p / 720p : BTB OK, 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

1080p / 720p : Color Bars OK. No "green depression".

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

1080p / 720p : BTB OK, no black white crush, color bars OK

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

[i]1080p / 720p : BTB OK, color OK /I]

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

1080p / 720p : BTB OK

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

1080p / 720p : BTB OK, no fading or brightening

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

1080p / 720p : as with 12.10

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

1080p / 720p : as with 12.10

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

1080p / 720p : 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"

1080p / 720p : 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.

1080p / 720p : 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.

1080p / 720p: No cropping. No 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

1080p / 720p : Mostly OK, some banding of high freq, horizontal/vertical lines noted. Otherwise OK.

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

1080p / 720p : as with 12.18

12.20 - 1.78 Convergence & Geometry - should be centered

1080p / 720p : see 12.17

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.

[i]1080p / 720p : OK

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

1080p / 720p : Some banding

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

1080p / 720p : Even brightness, some 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

1080p / 720p : Even brightness, some 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.

1080p / 720p : Even brightness, some 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

1080p / 720p : 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

1080p / 720p : Even color gray w/6500K reference

14.3 - 40% Flat Field - as above

1080p / 720p : as with 14.2

14.4 - 60% Flat Field - as above

1080p / 720p : as with 14.2

14.5 - 80% Flat Field - as above

1080p / 720p : as with 14.2

14.6 - 100% Flat Field - as above

1080p / 720p : as with 14.2

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

1080p / 720p : BTB OK

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

1080p / 720p : Color good

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

1080p / 720p : Color good

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

1080p / 720p : Color good

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

1080p / 720p : Color good

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

1080p / 720p : Color good

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

1080p / 720p : Color good

14.14 - Cyan 75% Amplitude - check for noise

1080p / 720p : Color good

14.15 - Magenta 75% Amplitude - check for noise

1080p / 720p : Color good

14.16 - Yellow, 75% Amplitude - check for noise

1080p / 720p : Color good

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

1080p / 720p : Color good

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

1080p / 720p : 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.

1080p / 720p : Looks OK, concentric rings motion adapted, diagonal lines smooth

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

1080p / 720p : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines smooth

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

1080p / 720p : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines 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

1080p / 720p :
1. Diagonal lines smooth
2. No banding, 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. Rotating box is smooth


15.8 - Black Stretch Test - check for BTB

[i]1080p / 720p : BTB does OK

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

1080p / 720p : 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

1080p / 720p : Looks OK, concentric rings motion adapted, diagonal lines smooth

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

1080p / 720p : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines smooth

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

1080p / 720p : Concentric rings not motion adapted, diagonal lines 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.

1080p / 720p : Colors smooth, timing OK.

AVIA (selected) TEST PATTERN RESULTS (HDMI @ 1080p / 720p):

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

1080p / 720p : 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 (Fixed with latest firmware update).
1080p: None

720p: None

Moving Zone Plate - Concentric and diagonal lines should retain shape and detail upon movement

All resolutions - Better than usual. Still some shimmering and blurring of diagonal lines but better than other players. I've never seen this test passed perfectly.

Pixel Crop (4:3) - Should be no pixels cropped from sides or top. This result is highly display dependent and the display should have a "per pixel" setting, other wise, highly display dependent
1080p/720p : None

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Paul,

In your opinion, is this the best "up-converting" DVD player out there?
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"The best" can be very subjective. I'll say that for the $229 (MSRP) I don't see a better value out there.
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Paul, where did you see it available for sale? It was published today at oppodigital website, but I do not think it is available until dec. 8 according to the notice sent to resellers.

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It can be pre-ordered at the Oppo Digital site for Dec. 8 shipping.
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Why with the MB ehance??? I wish something could be done about that.
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It's been over two years for FLI-23xx macroblock enhance issue. No fix from Genesis/Faroudja. For many users, careful screen calibration can minimize the effects.
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So does that mean that this unit still has the "Macroblock problem" that was noted with the 971?

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Paul,

Which test or disc do you use to check for bad edits?

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A scene transition in "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World".
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Great job as usual, Paul!

I'll add that other than 1080p, A-B ing between the 971 and 981, the picture of the 981HD is virtually indistinguishable from the 971. Unless you can take advantage of the 1080p output or just want the HDMI output and/or SACD playback, there would be little reason to replace a 971 with the 981HD. I'd also like to add for those who have one that the 981HD plays well with the Monoprice 5X1 HDMI switcher (Rev. 2.0).

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A scene transition in "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World".

Thanks. Which other discs off the top of your head have good bad edit tests?

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I'm in for a preorder! I just had a Samsung HL-S6187W delievered yesterday and needless to say, DVDs on a non-360 Xbox w/ Media Center over composite isn't cutting it.
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Thanks. Which other discs off the top of your head have good bad edit tests?

The one I use (borrowed from the "Secrets" shootouts) is "The Big Lebowski, Making-of" documentary.

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I have an old 42" Sony Plasma that I need a DVD player for. It has DVI (and component) inputs but is not HDCP compliant, as far as I know. Could I use the DV-981HD with this plasma with a HDMI to DVI converter? Or would the lack of HDCP prevent that? If not, I assume the DV-971HD would work, since it is not HDCP compliant? I'd prefer to get the 981, so I can use it with a future upgrade to this TV, but I could live with the DV-971HD and go for a high def player later as well.
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If your display is DVI but not HDCP compliant, you'll need to stick with the 971H - HDMI sources must be HDCP compliant, and will not handshake with a non-HDCP display.

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How big of a difference is there when using the 981 at 1080p as opposed to the 1080i of the 971 on a 1080p display?
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If your display is DVI but not HDCP compliant, you'll need to stick with the 971H - HDMI sources must be HDCP compliant, and will not handshake with a non-HDCP display.

sorry guys, i don't know what HDCP stands for? i have a sony 46V25L1 LCD tv...is that HDCP compliant?
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I'll add that other than 1080p, A-B ing between the 971 and 981, the picture of the 981HD is virtually indistinguishable from the 971. Unless you can take advantage of the 1080p output or just want the HDMI output and/or SACD playback, there would be little reason to replace a 971 with the 981HD.

Bad reseller! The higher priced item is always the better product for the customer!
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sorry guys, i don't know what HDCP stands for? i have a sony 46V25L1 LCD tv...is that HDCP compliant?

HDCP = High Definition Copyright Protection

Your TV appears to support it.
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How big of a difference is there when using the 981 at 1080p as opposed to the 1080i of the 971 on a 1080p display?

1080p is vastly superior to my eyes than 1080i with any Faroudja based DVD player. 1080i has major combing and aliasing artifacts which are removed when using 1080p from the DV-981HD. If you have a 1080p display, this is a no brainer.
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Ok thanks for the quick response, I just had to ask because I JUST bought a 971 so if I were to exchange it now for the 981 I would have to pay a lot more due to shipping. Therefore I wanted to see if it would be worth it or not.
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1080p is vastly superior to my eyes than 1080i with any Faroudja based DVD player. 1080i has major combing and aliasing artifacts which are removed when using 1080p from the DV-981HD. If you have a 1080p display, this is a no brainer.

WHAT?

I was planning on getting this to use for 1080i mode now (my CRT RPTV's native resolution) and then in 1080p in a couple of years when I upgrade the display. I don't recall ever seeing that the 971 had "combing and aliasing artifacts" in 1080i - did I just miss that? Now what - 971? 970?
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The more I read about the 3 different models, the more confused I am.

I just got a Samsung 50" plasma (HPS5053) a few days ago. It's a 720p model that supports 1080i.

I have a friend who has the 970HD on his 60" SXRD and loves it.

I emailed Oppo and they said...
"We generally recommend the OPDV971H product for your Samsung HP5053 Plasma, as the OPDV971H will produce the cleaner looking picture on your television. We just recently released a new DVD player called the DV-981HD product. This new DVD player has a black finish, has a HDMI ouput for video and audio, and supports 1080p upconversion. It also includes SACD audio support, which may be a nice selling factor."

And then there is the 981HD. I like the black finish and the fact it's HDMI - HDMI, but is this the best choice for my TV?
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I was planning on getting this to use for 1080i mode now (my CRT RPTV's native resolution) and then in 1080p in a couple of years when I upgrade the display. I don't recall ever seeing that the 971 had "combing and aliasing artifacts" in 1080i - did I just miss that? Now what - 971? 970?


For a native 1080i display the errors are not inherent because the video is interlaced to begin with. You may notice some aliasing and combing, but that is inherent to the display technology.

When you are talking in the realm of 720p and 1080p, it is almost always best to feed the display a progressive signal, as the design of the display technology revolves around progressive scan. Interlaced video almost always looks worse on progressive state displays.
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Well, Mr. Ambassador,,,

I just placed my order for the 981, to be paired up with our new JVC-FH97. I am looking forward to seeing first-hand whether the new player with its 1080p upconversion really looks better than the 970 putting out 1080i. I am somewhat disappointed that the audio will be a step down from the 970, but we won't know how that will affect us until we hear it. Right now we have a TOSlink cable carrying sound from the 970 to a Panasonic XR55, and I am assuming that we will do the same with the 981...is this correct?

Thank you all who have influenced my decision, especially Neuromancer and Paul Bigelow. Neuro, if you work for Oppo they certainly came up with a great idea for stimulating sales and customer loyalty...you are a super resource!
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