Originally Posted by jayray
Just got my Oppo BD-83 this morning and set it up with my D2v and all went smoothly as did the beta firmware update by USB. Have a couple of questions.
1. should I use Video Direct for Blu-ray?
2. should SD movies be set to 480i out?
3. how do you set output from the Oppo separately for BD and SD?
4. shold I ignore the setting for speakers in the Oppo setup menu, ie leave them at default?
I have set sound to bitstream and it sounds a little more detailed than PCM from my PS3.
You can use either Source Direct or explicit 1080p. The Oppo's video processing is good enough that I'm perfectly comfortable using explicit 1080p for both Blu-Ray and SD-DVD. Explicit 1080p means you also have access to some of the convenience features in the Oppo's video processor such as the zoom modes.
For the firmware you are using, my settings for use with the D2v were:
Explicit 1080p, "Multi-system", "16:9 Wide/Auto", HDMI YCbCr 4:4:4, 36-bit video, 1080p/24 Auto, DVD-24 OFF. All Picture controls at 0 (factory default).
Secondary Audio OFF, Dynamic Range Compression OFF, SACD PCM.
You can use either HDMI LPCM or HDMI Bitstream interchangeably. In testing I switch between them frequently and basically there is no difference. There are two exceptions: For CDs, use HDMI LPCM because the D2v does not decode the special data found in HDCD bitstreams (and the Oppo does). For SD-DVD use HDMI Bitstream and you don't have to think about whether the disk your are playing is in DTS-ES format (the Oppo doesn't decode the matrixed rear channel in DTS-ES format SD-DVD tracks, but the D2v does.
There are a few bugs in this setup that only affect HDMI LPCM and a few bugs that only affect HDMI Bitstream, but I can't go into details and for the most part you are unlikely to run into them. Just remember that if something unusual seems to be happening you can switch between LPCM and Bitstream on the fly to see if that's a workaround.
The speaker settings in the Oppo are ignored if you are using HDMI for audio.