Originally Posted by phatty033
so does the sony use the same chipset or whatever as the phillips or samsung?? if it does how come everyone raves about how good the picture quality is for the sony? I would much rather get the phillips 5982 for the divx support but is the pq going to be not as good as the sony? also the new samsung 1080p upconverting player, do you know how that would compare with the sony. those are the main ones that i am debating on right now, and whichever as the best pq is the one that i'll most likely be going for.
There is more to PQ than just the processing chipset, players do a certain amount of postprocessing: for example, the Sony postprocessing corrects for the slight vertically compression that plagues many MTK chipset players, though apparently at some cost of sharpness. Different players also have different amounts of adjustment available to the user - more options (like on the Oppo) means a careful owner might be able to calibrate to a better picture. That said, on the machines I've played with in person there is a strong family resemblance in deinterlacing and decoding quality among players with the same chipset.
If you view a lot of 4:3 material, note that the Sony and Oppo will 'pillarbox' the picture before sending it to your TV, while the Philips and Pioneer will not - that means that with the latter two players you need to either watch in 480p mode, or the picture will be stretched to 16:9.
Among these players, the Oppo usually does best in reviews for PQ, especially reviews that submit the player to a standard quality test suite. The Sony is usually a big step down, and the (older) Philips a hair below that. On the other hand, the Sony cannot handle PAL, DivX, or region-free as the Oppo and Philips do, and the Philips handles multimedia over its USB port better than the Oppo does. Lots of tradeoffs.
As for the Samsung, their former budget player (the 860) had serious problems with freezeups, layer changes, and DivX; until we have better evidence that these faults are corrected in the new player, I would give them a miss.
I know it is a hard decision, but if one machine was better in every respect the others wouldn't have a market! - DR