Newbie would appreciate your advice. I will have the 60" XBR2 delivered this week, and it will be my first HD TV. My DVD player is ancient (its on loan to a friend anyway), and time for one that will get the most out of my SD DVD collection on my new display. While I await 2nd generation HD DVD & Blu-ray players to begin sorting out the HD format issues, I'm looking for a cost effective solution for the interim.
I've read all about the OPPO Digital players (excellent 1080i upconversion), and they sound perfect for what I'm looking for (I cannot believe how inexpensive!). My question: has anyone tried either the DV-970HD or the OPDV971H with the XBR2?
From what I've read in the forums and on their site, sounds like 2 options. The 970HD via HDMI with DRC in mode 2 on the Sony....or the 971H via DVI with DRC in mode 1 on the Sony. Can anyone comment on these choices?
Can anyone also comment on how well the HD DVD & Blu-ray players handle SD DVD's with the XBR2, and is it possible you get better performance with your current upconverting SD DVD player? Having 2 DVD players depending on HD vs SD format seems painful, but if that delivers a better overall solution, perhaps I should consider a better quality SD DVD player for permanent use?
Again, I'm new to this and pardon me if I completely missed the boat with these questions