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UPDATED 11/13/2008: New Beta DV980-21-1031 Frimware Released
UPDATED 07/24/2008: New Minor DV980-19-0722 Firmware Released
UPDATED 07/01/2008: New Beta DV980-16-0701 Firmware Released
UPDATED 04/01/2008: New Beta DV980H-07-0328 Firmware Released
UPDATED 01/03/2008: Added Review Link for Secrets of Home Theater and High Fi (Chris Groppi)
UPDATED 01/03/2008: Added Review Link for Audiophile Addition (John Sunier)
UPDATED 10/16/2007: Added Review Link for About.com (Robert Silva)
UPDATED 09/28/2007: Added Review Link for The Post Chronicle (Jim Bray) and HDTV Solutions (Dick De Jong)
UPDATED 08/31/2007: Added Review Link for CNET Review
UPDATED 08/23/2007: Added Review Links from GONK and Home Theater Spot (Mike Rollett)

OPPO has updated their website to reflect a new OPPO product. The new product is the OPPO Digital DV-980H and is available for $169.00 currently as a pre-order (ships within 2~4 weeks) only

New Features

• Mediatek based 1080p Upconversion through HDMI and Component (non-CSS-encrypted media)

• HDM 1.2a with SACD DSD support

• 7.1 Channel Surround and Dolby Digital EX decoding

• USB 2.0 interface for video, picture, and music playback

• HD-JPEG support

• 10 Disc Resume

Cool Features

Brand New Body: bigger, more solid construction. The unit is completely black with an aluminum aesthetic (front panel is plastic) highlighted by chromed buttons.

• Front Panel Navigation. Forward, Backward, Stop, Pause and Play buttons on the radial dial can be used to navigate DVD and Setup menus.

• LED Resolution Identification. Four LEDs on the front of the DVD player displays your current resolution output.

• Logo Screen Capture. You can capture any picture, movie, or video file and make it your background!

I will leave it up to Paul or someone else to make a real thread about the product.

FULL FEATURES:

Universal DVD Player Features:

• DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD) and DVD-Video universal playback
• Compatible with Audio CD, HDCD, WMA, Kodak Picture CD, and other digital audio/video/picture media and formats* (*Note: The DV-980H does not play Blu-Ray nor HD-DVD discs)
• Official DivX® Certified product, certified to the Home Theater Profile
• Plays all versions of DivX® video (including DivX® 6) with standard playback of DivX® media files
• High resolution picture slideshow
• Plays XviD and .SRT, .SMI, .IDX and .SUB format
• Compatible with CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW and DVD+R DL* (*Note: 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. For example, Discs recorded on some stand-alone DVD recorders or DVD camcorders may not exhibit smooth playback. )

Video Up-Conversion Features:
• High definition up-conversion with increased picture clarity. Up-converts standard definition video on DVD discs to 480p/720p/1080i and 1080p full HD resolutions.
• Motion-adaptive, edge-adaptive and inverse telecine progressive scan technology to produce a smooth and natural looking image.
• High-quality pure digital video and audio through a single HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable
• Multiple high definition output formats – NTSC: 1080p/1080i/720p/480p/480i, PAL: 1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i
• Compatible with HDTV, HD-Ready TV, HDTV monitors and projectors with an HDMI or DVI input (HDCP support is required)
• PAL and NTSC compatible with system conversion
• Supports screen aspect ratio 4:3 (standard) and 16:9 (wide-screen)
• User adjustable video controls: Sharpness, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation and Gamma
• Component video output with progressive scan (Up-converting over component output is only available for unencrypted DVD discs such as home video and consumer-created contents. Most commercially pressed DVD discs are CSS-encrypted and will be limited to 480i/480p output over component. HDMI output is protected with HDCP and has no such restriction.)
• Composite video and S-Video outputs (standard-definition output only)

Optimized Audio Features:
• High-resolution multi-channel digital audio output through HDMI supporting CD, DVD-Audio, SACD, Dolby Digital and DTS sound tracks.
• Direct Stream Digital (DSD) over HDMI (Requires compatible A/V receiver)
• Individual analog 7.1-channel surround outputs, compatible with 5.1-channel and down-mixed stereo.
• Dolby Digital Surround EX decoding
• 24-bit, 192kHz high resolution audio D/A converters
• Optical and coaxial digital audio outputs with DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro-Logic II and Linear PCM support
• Built-in equalizer, channel trim, channel delay and lip-sync (audio delay) functions

Compatibility Features:
• PAL/NTSC disc and TV compatible with automatic or manual system conversion
• Dual-laser optical pickup head with excellent error correction
• 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:
• USB 2.0 interface for video, picture and music playback
• Smooth and easy navigation of photo albums, music collections and video files on DVD and CD
• Selectable subtitle and audio tracks
• Discrete ON/OFF remote control IR code for programmable universal remote controls

Connectors:
• HDMI - High Definition Multimedia Interface: 1
• Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr): 1 group (3 RCA connectors)
• Analog 7.1-Channel Audio: 1 group (8 RCA connectors, may be configured as 5.1-channel or stereo)
• S/PDIF (IEC-958) Coaxial Digital Audio: 1 (RCA connector)
• S/PDIF (IEC-958) Optical Digital Audio: 1 (TOSLINK connector)
• Composite Video: 1 (RCA connector)
• S-Video: 1 (S-Video connector)

Package Contents:
• DV-980H DVD player
• Remote control with glow in the dark keypad (batteries included)
• High-quality certified HDMI cable with gold-plated HDMI connectors
• A/V cable
• User manual and warranty information

Download the DV-980H User Manual direct from OPPO

REVIEWS

Gonk's DV-980H Review
"The 980H is the fourth DVD player for OPPO Digital. While its more expensive cousin, the 981H, does offer more powerful video processing capability, the 980H does offer surprisingly good analog audio output for a player in this price range in addition to its very good video performance and assortment of handy features (such as USB 2.0 input, support for various file formats, 7.1 analog output, and DSD output of SACD). It is also (at least to me) a very handsome looking player. As I am still digging through the 980H's capabilities, it will remain my primary player for a while longer. The fact that I don't know if that condition is likely to change even after the testing and tinkering is done probably says a good bit about how I feel about the 980H."

Secrets of Home Theater and High Fi (Chris Groppi)
"The Oppo 980H receives my strongest recommendation. The audio performance this player can deliver for $169 is astounding. Not considering the video performance of the player at all, this would be a no-brainer audio player for any audiophile on a budget. The video performance thrown in for free will keep all but the most picky videophiles happy"

Audiophile Addition (John Sunier)
"They have a good warranty situation and if you have any questions or problems at all you will find that their customer service is fast, direct and extremely helpful on the phone, without any hassle as experienced with so many manufacturers. Hey, the 980H is even more of a value than the other Oppo players which have won acclaim widely on that count alone!"

Home Theater Spot (Mike Rollett)
"For just $20 more than the 970HD, the 981H offers some real improvements, particularly in video reproduction. Its video quality over HDMI exceeds the competition in its price range and its audio surpasses many more expensive players as well. Those using the 970HD for its 480i output over HDMI with an outboard video processor will find little reason to upgrade, but the 980H will be very attractive to those looking for a universal player that combines high quality video performance with market leading audio performance."
Video Performance: 4-1/2 stars | Audio Performance: 5 stars

C-Net
The good: Excellent image quality; upscaling to 1080p over HDMI; attractive, understated black design; multichannel SACD and DVD-Audio over HDMI; DivX/Xvid support; aspect-ratio control; can be made region-free with a simple hack.
The bad: Expensive compared to other DVD players; similarly priced HD DVD players deliver vastly superior image quality on HD DVDs.
The bottom line: If you're not ready to get a high-def player, the Oppo DV-980H DVD player delivers excellent performance and an unparalleled feature set for the price.

The Post Chronicle (Jim Bray)
"Okay, I wouldn't want to give up my $1500 reference DVD player in favor of the Oppo, but I was still mightily impressed with the DV-980H's performance-to-dollar ratio. Considering the things it'll do and how well it does them, it's a relative steal."

HDTV Solutions (Dick De Jong)
"The DV-980H, an 1080p unconverting DVD player, maintains OPPO's well deserved reputation for terrific video and audio performance. For the demanding videophile who is trying to squeeze every last bit out of an SD DVD, you may want to consider the DV-981HD. For the rest of us mere mortals, the 980H gratifies just fine."

About.com (Robert Silva)
"In terms of casual viewing comparisons between DV-980H and the other DVD players used, the OPPO easily held its own. Color consistency, edge smoothness, detail, and noise reduction was very good, although there was slight mosquito noise present around objects in some test segments. "

REGION UNLOCKING

Press Setup.
Press "9210" in quick succession. A new window will appear.
Press "0". Your region is now multi-region.
Press Setup to Exit.

FIRMWARE RELEASES

Version: DV980H-01-0719
Category: Initial Firmware Release
Release Date: July 19, 2007
Release Notes: Initial Firmware Release

Version: DV980H-01-0820
Category: Beta Test Version
Release Date: August 20, 2007
Release Notes:

1. Improved DVD-Audio Disc Compatibility

There are reports of some DVD-Audio discs released by Arista and Silverline not playing properly on the DV-980H with the previous firmware version. This version improves the compatibility and will play those discs properly.

2. RGB Range Selection

This firmware version adds a setup menu item "RGB Range" in the "Video Setup Page". The default setting is "Normal", which is the recommended setting and the same as the previous firmware. The new "Enhanced" setting expands the studio RGB range of 16-235 into the 0-255 range, suitable for PC display. Use the "Enhanced" setting only when you use a PC display or encounter poor black-white contrast. For normal video display (TVs and projectors), using the "Enhanced" setting will result in clipping black and white signal level and loss of details.

3. Easier Disc Memory Operation

This firmware version saves the breakpoint for disc memory when the STOP or EJECT button is pressed. The previous firmware version saves the breakpoint only when the EJECT button is pressed while the disc is playing.

Version: DV980H-0B-0903
Category: Current Firmware Version
Release Date: October 9, 2007
Release Notes: Official Release of Beta DV980H-01-0827

Version: DV-980H-07-0328
Category: Beta Test Version
Release Date: April 2, 2008
Release Notes:

1. 2:2 Cadence Support

This version enhances the DV-980H's de-interlacing ability to add 2:2 cadence support. Both 2:2 PAL film cadence and 2:2 NTSC 30fps video cadence are supported. This is in addition to 3:2 NTSC film cadence already supported by the previous firmware releases.

2. User Selectable Forced De-interlacing Mode

This firmware version adds a setup menu item "De-interlacing Mode" in the "Video Setup Page". The default setting is "Auto", which is the recommended setting and the same as the previous firmware (plus 2:2 support). The new "Film" and "Video" settings can force the DV-980H to use "film" or "video" algorithm to perform de-interlacing. The "Film" option can be used when the you know that the source is high-quality 3:2 or 2:2 pull-down and want to avoid any loss of cadence lock while watching that source. The "Video" option can be used if you are certain the disc is made from footage originally shot with a video camera, not with a film camera.

3. User Selectable Pause Mode

This firmware version adds a setup menu item "Pause Mode" in the "Video Setup Page". The default setting is "Auto", which is the recommended setting and the same as the previous firmware. The new "Frame" and "Field" settings can force the DV-980H to show a static "frame" or "field" when paused. A static "frame" is assembled using two "fields". A static "field" is interpolated from a single field (half a frame). Depending on the encoding of the DVD, one mode may yield a clearer static picture than the other.

4. Bass Management for 96k Source

This firmware version optimizes the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) usage and adds bass management for audio sources that are encoded in 96kHz sample rate. When the front speakers are set to "Small" and subwoofer is set to "On", the DV-980H can redirect bass from the front channels to the LFE subwoofer channel. This improvement applies to DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs. It is in addition to bass management already supported in previous firmware releases for sources with less than 96k sample rate (CD, DVD-Audio/Video and SACD).

5. Improved Transition between Audio Tracks

This firmware version improves the transition between audio tracks. For CD, the improvement is noticeable on certain discs that have very tight transition between two tracks, and discs that start with a very strong note. For SACD, the improvement honors the gap flag inserted between two tracks (often found between two symphony pieces on a classical music SACD), while at the same time maintains a gapless transition if no such flag exists.

6. Improvements Based on User Provided Materials

This firmware version includes improvements made to enhance compatibility with some user provided materials. Although the product specification disclaims "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," OPPO tries very hard to accommodate customers' reasonable compatibility requests. This firmware version enhances compatibility to some DVD+R and DVD-R media, large Xvid files on USB drives, visibility/color of SRT subtitles, and recorded DVD with MPEG2 audio. These improvements are based on materials submitted by users. Thanks to all who provided materials for testing.

The following are the known issues that exist in this version:

1. Alternative Remote Control Code

This version is missing the support for alternative remote control code. The official firmware release has a setup menu item "Alt RC Code", which allows the user to use a non-OPPO remote control to operate the player. We plan to add this feature back when the beta version is ready for official release.

2. RGB Range

This version is missing the setup menu item for "RGB Range". "RGB Range" allows the user to select the HDMI output signal range suitable for a PC display device. Normal TV and projectors designed for video do not need this option. We plan to add this feature back when the beta version is ready for official release.


Version: MVer: 05.00.01.07 Batch: DV980-13-0621
Category: Beta Version (Replaced by DV980-16-0701)
Release Date: June 23, 2008

Version: MVer: 05.00.01.07 Batch: DV980-16-0701
Category: Beta Test Version (Replaces previous beta version 13-0621)
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Release Notes:

1. HDMI Output for X.0-Channel SACD and DVD-Audio Discs

This version changes the way DV-980H outputs audio over HDMI for X.0-Channel (3.0, 4.0, 5.0 etc.) SACD and DVD-Audio discs. The previous version outputs 2.0-Channel for these disc over HDMI. The new version outputs 5.1-Channel with the unused channel muted. Multi-channel analog output for such discs had no problem before and is not affected by this change.

2. Stability Improvement

This firmware version addresses a problem of unable to resume playback after a movie is stopped in the "pre-stop" mode for a period of time. When a user presses the "STOP" button once during a movie to put it in the "pre-stop" mode, playback should resume if the user presses the "PLAY" button. With the previous firmware versions, occasionally playback will not resume upon pressing the "PLAY" button. Instead, the user needs to press the "EJECT" button twice to resume the movie. This version resolves the problem, and playback from "pre-stop" mode can be resumed reliably by pressing the "PLAY" button.

3. "Auto" Output Resolution

The player's default output resolution is now set to "Auto". With this setting, the player checks with the display device to determine the best output resolution over HDMI output. Experienced users, users who play both PAL and NTSC contents, and users who use the component output should still manually select an output resolution to ensure the best picture quality.

4. Improvements Based on User Provided Materials

This firmware version includes improvements made to enhance compatibility with some user provided materials. Although the product specification disclaims "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," OPPO tries very hard to accommodate customers' reasonable compatibility requests. This firmware version enhances compatibility to some DVD+R and DVD-R media, large Xvid files on USB drives, visibility/color of SRT subtitles, and recorded DVD with MPEG2 audio. These improvements are based on materials submitted by users. Thanks to all who provided materials for testing.

Undocumented Changes:

1. CD Audio Truncation Removal

All previous firmware truncated the first audio track, while previous Beta Firmware had audio truncation of subsequent tracks on certain media. This firmware addresses all CD Audio truncation errors.

2. ALT RC and Dimmer controls are now sticky.

In previous firmware setting ALT RC to Off, or Dimmer to anything other than On, would cause the player to revert these settings back to factory default (both On). This firmware now allows you to set the ALT RC functionality to Off and the Dimmer to Dim or Off as player defaults which will be remembered when the unit has been turned Off.

3. RGB Range Re-Introduced

You can once again choose between RGB PC (0-255) and RGB Video (16-235) value ranges for the HDMI output.

4. Audio Only is Sticky

In previous firmware if you enabled Audio Only, any manual interruption of playback (Pause, Skip, Track, etc) would cause the player to go out of Audio Only mode. This firmware will keep Audio Only enabled unless playback has been stopped or the disc is ejected.

Version: MVer: 05.00.01.07 Batch: DV980-19-0722
Category: Minor Update
Release Date: July 25, 2008
Release Notes:

1. 2:2 Cadence Support

This version enhances the DV-980H's de-interlacing ability to add 2:2 cadence support. Both 2:2 PAL film cadence and 2:2 NTSC 30fps video cadence are supported. This is in addition to 3:2 NTSC film cadence already supported by the previous firmware releases.

2. User Selectable Forced De-interlacing Mode

This firmware version adds a setup menu item "De-interlacing Mode" in the "Video Setup Page". The default setting is "Auto", which is the recommended setting and the same as the previous firmware (plus 2:2 support). The new "Film" and "Video" settings can force the DV-980H to use "film" or "video" algorithm to perform de-interlacing. The "Film" option can be used when the you know that the source is high-quality 3:2 or 2:2 pull-down and want to avoid any loss of cadence lock while watching that source. The "Video" option can be used if you are certain the disc is made from footage originally shot with a video camera, not with a film camera.

3. User Selectable Pause Mode

This firmware version adds a setup menu item "Pause Mode" in the "Video Setup Page". The default setting is "Auto", which is the recommended setting and the same as the previous firmware. The new "Frame" and "Field" settings can force the DV-980H to show a static "frame" or "field" when paused. A static "frame" is assembled using two "fields". A static "field" is interpolated from a single field (half a frame). Depending on the encoding of the DVD, one mode may yield a clearer static picture than the other.

4. "Auto" Output Resolution

The player's default output resolution is now set to "Auto". With this setting, the player checks with the display device to determine the best output resolution over HDMI output. Experienced users, users who play both PAL and NTSC contents, and users who use the component output should still manually select an output resolution to ensure the best picture quality.

5. Stability Improvement

This firmware version addresses a problem of unable to resume playback after a movie is stopped in the "pre-stop" mode for a period of time. When a user presses the "STOP" button once during a movie to put it in the "pre-stop" mode, playback should resume if the user presses the "PLAY" button. With the previous firmware versions, occasionally playback will not resume upon pressing the "PLAY" button. Instead, the user needs to press the "EJECT" button twice to resume the movie. This version resolves the problem, and playback from "pre-stop" mode can be resumed reliably by pressing the "PLAY" button.

6. Bass Management for 96k Source

This firmware version optimizes the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) usage and adds bass management for audio sources that are encoded in 96kHz sample rate. When the front speakers are set to "Small" and subwoofer is set to "On", the DV-980H can redirect bass from the front channels to the LFE subwoofer channel. This improvement applies to DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs. It is in addition to bass management already supported in previous firmware releases for sources with less than 96k sample rate (CD, DVD-Audio/Video and SACD).

7. Improved Transition between Audio Tracks

This firmware version improves the transition between audio tracks. For CD, the improvement is noticeable on certain discs that have very tight transition between two tracks, and discs that start with a very strong note. For SACD, the improvement honors the gap flag inserted between two tracks (often found between two symphony pieces on a classical music SACD), while at the same time maintains a gapless transition if no such flag exists.

8. HDMI Output for X.0-Channel SACD and DVD-Audio Discs

This version changes the way DV-980H outputs audio over HDMI for X.0-Channel (3.0, 4.0, 5.0 etc.) SACD and DVD-Audio discs. The previous version outputs 2.0-Channel for these disc over HDMI. The new version outputs 5.1-Channel with the unused channel muted. Multi-channel analog output for such discs had no problem before and is not affected by this change.

9. Improvements Based on User Provided Materials

This firmware version includes improvements made to enhance compatibility with some user provided materials. Although the product specification disclaims "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," OPPO tries very hard to accommodate customers' reasonable compatibility requests. This firmware version enhances compatibility to some DVD+R and DVD-R media, large Xvid files on USB drives, visibility/color of SRT subtitles, and recorded DVD with MPEG2 audio. These improvements are based on materials submitted by users. Thanks to all who provided materials for testing.

Version: MVer: 05.00.01.07 Batch: DV980-21-1031
Category: Beta Test Version
Release Date: November 13, 2008
Release Notes:

1. Improved SACD Error Handling

When playing certain SACDs and the player encounters an encoding error on the disc, previous firmware versions skip to the next track. This version handles the situation more gracefully - it ignores the error and continues to play the track. So far only two such SACD titles are identified - "Heathen by David Bowie" and "All the Way ... A Decade of Song by Celine Dion". Our test indicated that when the error is ignored there is no audible glitch.

Upgrade Instructions
USB Upgrade Instructions
1. Download *.BIN from OPPO Digital.
2. Copy the downloaded file to a USB thumb drive (or a flash memory card if you have a compatible card reader). Rename the file to 980.BIN. It is important that you must rename the file and use upper-case characters for the file name.
3. Turn on your TV display and the OPPO player. Insert the USB thumb drive or flash memory card reader to the USB slot. Open the player tray, and then close the tray with no disc in it.
4. The player will find the firmware file on the USB thumb drive or flash memory card. You will see "Press Play To Start" on your TV display. Press the PLAY key on the remote or the player once. The TV display shows "File Copying" and then "UPGRADING."
5. When the front panel display of the OPPO player starts counting "01/32", "02/32" and so on, remove the USB thumb drive or flash memory card reader from the USB slot. DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE. What follows is the process when the player will reboot itself.
6. DO NOT PRESS ANY BUTTONS NOR ATTEMPT TO CLOSE THE TRAY NOR UNPLUG THE POWER DURING THE REMAINING UPGRADE PROCESS.
7. After approximately 1 - 2 minutes, the player reboots itself to complete the process. The update process is completed when the front panel of the DVD player shows "No Disc".
8. Press the "OSD" button on the remote control to verify the new firmware version.
9. The new firmware may affect your HDMI output resolution and setup menu settings. To ensure you have the correct settings, turn off and then turn on the player. Press the HDMI button on the remote control to set the desired output resolution. Adjust the setup menu settings if necessary.
10. Congratulations! You have just completed the firmware upgrade.

CD-R Upgrade Instructions
1. Download the firmware ISO.
2. Burn a CD from the downloaded ISO image file. Be sure to burn the CD as an ISO image file, not a data file. The CD should contain a 980.BIN file if you burned it successfully. Please consult your CD burning software's help/instruction manual for more information on how to do this. Some general instruction for common CD burning software is listed below.
3. Turn on your TV display and the OPPO player. Open the player tray and insert the firmware CD, and then close the tray.
4. As soon as the CD is loaded, you will see "Press Play To Start" on your TV display. Press the PLAY key on the remote or the player once. The TV display shows "File Copying" and then "UPGRADING"
5. In about 8 seconds, the CD will be ejected. Remove the CD quickly; DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE. What follows is the process when the player will reboot itself.
6. DO NOT PRESS ANY BUTTONS NOR ATTEMPT TO CLOSE THE TRAY NOR UNPLUG THE POWER DURING THE REMAINING UPGRADE PROCESS.
7. After approximately 1 - 2 minutes, the player reboots itself and closes the tray automatically to complete the process. The update process is completed when the front panel of the DVD player shows "No Disc".
8. Press the "OSD" button on the remote control to verify the new firmware version.
9. The new firmware may affect your HDMI output resolution and setup menu settings. To ensure you have the correct settings, turn off and then turn on the player. Press the HDMI button on the remote control to set the desired output resolution. Adjust the setup menu settings if necessary.
10. Congratulations! You have just completed the firmware upgrade.

Known Issues
My unit is making vibration/audible seeking noises. Is this normal?

If you are hearing audible noises from the DVD player when inserting or ejecting discs, when at previews or the menus of a disc, or when manually skipping chapters/titles, then the noise is normal. If, however, you hear noise during the actual playback of the main film, then your player is defective and should be replaced or repaired.

When I Stop the DVD player and leave it alone for several minutes and return to the player and press Play, there is no response.

Ensure that you have downloaded the

DV980-17-0701 or later firmware release, as previous firmware contained this bug. I am only getting 2.0 Stereo from DVD-Audio and SACD through HDMI.

Due to shared audio/video bandwidth restrictions over HDMI, you must use 720p, 1080i, or 1080p as your output resolution in order to take advantage of multi-channel hi-resolution audio formats.

I have set my DV-980H to SACD DSD and my receiver is reporting only 44.1Khz audio. What gives?

This is not an error. According to the HDMI 1.2a specifications, the indicated sample frequency on the receiver will be 44.1kHz. As pulled from the documentation:

"For One Bit Audio streams, the value indicated by the SF bits shall equal the ACR fS value. For Super Audio CD, the SF bits are typically set to 0, 1, 0, to indicate a Sample Frequency of 2.8224MSamples/s (i.e. 64*44.1kHz)."

This is due to 8-channels of audio being available through HDMI at 8 bits per channel at 44.1KHz. The end bandwidth is 2.8224Mbits/second, which equates to 2.8224M 1-bit audio.

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What's the chipset? Mediatek? Faroudja?

From the reading of the Oppo page, Mediatek is likely the chipset (Oppo 970HD with 1080p capability).

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Just pre-ordered. Will compare to the 970. This unit is for audio playback only. Not sure if or how it can beat the 970 on CDs-SACDs, but we will see

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Just pre-ordered. Will compare to the 970. This unit is for audio playback only. Not sure if or how it can beat the 970 on CDs-SACDs, but we will see

Very interesting news, now that it comes in Black and looks better, Oppo might have a another winner!

Here's Oppo 980HD link.

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Very interesting news, now that it comes in Black and looks better, Oppo might have a another winner!

Here's Oppo 980HD link.

Yes, at the very least, it will match my other components better!

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nice, hopefully macroblocking is gone with this model and competes with the denons. i can't wait for a comparison. by the looks of it, it will probably arrive in a couple of months.

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Pre-Orders are scheduled to ship within 2~4 Weeks, which means that these units can be shipping out sooner, rather than later. I would not be surprised if units started to leave OPPO's warehouse next week.
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ha ha, I posted my wish for Oppo to come up with a new DVD player that would have 1080p and USB port and low and behold, they did have a new player today with 1080p and USB port
I see that there is no HDMI cable included though huh?

PS-I see that the price is $60 less than the 981HD model, is it because of the chipset?
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The HDMI cable is listed under "Package Contents".

And yes, the cheaper price is still due to the MTK solution being utilized for upscaling and de-interlacing.
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And it seems that it uses a plastic front plate vs an aluminum front plate for the 981HD. So definitely cheaper parts to keep the cost down.
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and keeps the unit lighter. A lighter unit will keep the cost of shipping the product.
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It has HDMI v1.2a that's very interesting. Isn't this the first universal player that has it?
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The Pioneer 600A also uses HDMI 1.2a, but that is not available in the US yet.
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The Pioneer 600A also uses HDMI 1.2a, but that is not available in the US yet.



there's a new Pioneer player that is set to be released soon as well, the DV-48AV which replaces the DV-46AV model
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And it seems that it uses a plastic front plate vs an aluminum front plate for the 981HD. So definitely cheaper parts to keep the cost down.

Images look like brushed aluminum front plate, how do you know its plastic?

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From my post:

"The unit is completely black with an aluminum aesthetic (front panel is plastic) highlighted by chromed buttons."
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The Pioneer 600A also uses HDMI 1.2a, but that is not available in the US yet.

IMHO I don't think Pioneer will bring it to the states, its been out in Europe for awhile, and by the manual its not that much superior to a DV-400 except thats it universal. I think with the DV-48AV coming Pioneer has made their choice.
Now that the 980HD is being released, it gets more interesting.

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From my post:

"The unit is completely black with an aluminum aesthetic (front panel is plastic) highlighted by chromed buttons."

Darn fooled me!
Then I see "a black front panel with brushed aluminum appearance (made with plastic and composite materials)".
Still IMHO do I dare say it looks better then even a 981HD?

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Have they solved the 970's "vertical compression" issue in this model?
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This model uses a different chipset. For this reason, there is no vertical compression.

It is rather analogous to the Sony NS-70H (vertical compression) being replaced by the NS-75H (no vertical compression)
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So does the 980 use a newer/better Mediatek chip? Is the Faroudja in the 981 considered dated by now? I'm curious how the image quality compares to the 981 and whether the USB port works really well. The 980 seems very attractive based on specs alone.

For players with USB, does one know whether:

1. you can play MPEG2 from an external drive, i.e. DVD rips, VOBS + menus

2. if yes, can you still use the menus, jump between chapters and have DVD-like functionality

3. when playing from the USB drive, does the same video processing as for DVD apply?

4. can it mount an ISO image of a DVD and just make it look like standard DVD?

I'm wondering if it would be possible to back up my DVDs to a big drive and then just play from that drive rather than burn the images back to DVDs.
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So does the 980 use a newer/better Mediatek chip?

Oppo told me it was a "custom" chip, although as Neuromancer says maybe it is just different than the one used in the 970.

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Is the Faroudja in the 981 considered dated by now? I'm curious how the image quality compares to the 981 and whether the USB port works really well.

The USB port works really well, in the sense that it has the bandwidth to play the full-size mpeg2 and divx files I tried. I did not try any DVD disc structures, though. Also, it worked witha thumb drive, but I could not get it to recongize my mp3 player, which mounts as a usb drive on the computer.

The 981 and 980 produce different images. Like the 970, the 980 is "sharper, but with rougher deinterlacing", where the 981 is "smoother, more film-like", which some people consider soft.

The 981 has better PAL playack, but the 980 has much better zooming. The 981 may be better for some types of animation, but I did only limited testing of those titles.

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The 981 has better PAL playack, but the 980 has much better zooming.
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What do you mean by better zooming?
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So, they had to get a newer chip to solve the "compression" issue. In other words, the 970H owners are SOL...
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What do you mean by better zooming?

Zooming on the 971/981 is poor. Zooming on the 980 is at least usuable, and very handy for watching the non-anamorphic letterboxed titles which would otherwise display in a 4:3 aperture with black bars on all sides.

That said, a zoomed image will always be softer and deinterlacing artifacts will be more visible. But I would prefer the 980 over the 971/981 for this purpose. I don't have any sort of adjustable zoom on my display so can't compare the results.

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I've been pondering the 981HD, does this one do a better job with upconversion to 1080p?

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Just pre-ordered one.

I've had the 970 for less than a month and liked it, but decided to return it to Amazon and get this new version from Oppo. I'm hoping the HD-JPEG slideshow feature works well in this new 980 so I can get rid of my Toshiba SD-6980 (which I keep around just for that one purpose)
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I am not sure I agree with the Oppo position regarding not recommending this player for screens over 45". I think the player is very sharp and I just don't see artifacts or issues that make avoiding the player with large screens important. I am using one with a 720p LCD front projector to a 100" screen and I also thought the Sony DVP-NS75H worked well in that application.

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Is the Sony DVP-NS75H a good 480p player ?

I'm looking to replace a Panasonic CP72 on a 34" Panasonic Tau tube based tv..

I can pickup the sony locally rather than order a Oppo..

The TV does have hdmi and does 480p/1080i not sure about 720p..

Thanks for the advice..

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