Originally Posted by Scott Wallace
...... To put it simply, the Elite was clearly better, and the customer though surprised, reluctantly agreed. He mentioned how the Oppo was so highly rated and how it passed all the "Secrets of Home Theater" tests and was the proverbial "darling of the internet", and conversely how mass market players like the Elite did not pass all of the tests the Oppo did and basically wondering 'how in the world can it look better?'
Exactly my impressions!
I have had several DVD players in here in the past month. The Oppo 981 is currently in place. Prior to that, I had a Panasonic model with DVD writer and VHS player (forgot the model, as I returned it to Costco), followed by a Sony DVP 71HP, and finally the Oppo.
Consistently, the Oppo, running in 1080p, produces 'soft' pictures. It looks almost as if double conversion of scaling were going on, even though my screen's native resolution is 1080P.
The Sony, outputting 1080i, resolved fine details like hair strands, while the Oppo, running in 1080p, seemed to blur the details. It looks exactly like the kind of blur you get when you scale to a resolution other than the TV's native and the TV has to scale it further.
To its credit, the Oppo IS very flexible in configuration and features, so I am inclined to keep it as a secondary player. But all this hoopla over the Oppo seems a bit hyped. It does antialias well, but at the cost of fine details.