Originally Posted by golffnutt
Hi everyone. I am getting ready to buy 1 of these 2 players to use just as an unconversion player for SD DVD's. Was wondering if anyone could tell me if the 970 is just as good as the 981 as far as video and audio quality? What is really the difference in the 2 players? Thank you for helping me make up my mind and have a great Labor Day weekend.
The 970 is no longer produced. Oppo's current players are the 980 ($169) (which replaced the 970), the 981 ($229) and the 983 ($399).
The 970 uses a Mediatek chip for both deinterlacing and scaling. The 981 uses Faroudja.
The 970's image will be sharper, with rougher deinterlacing. The 981 will be smoother and more film-like.
The 970 has the option of 480i over HDMI; the 981 doesn't.
The 970 has HDMI and component; the 981 does not have component.
The 981 has better PAL playback.
For audio they are about the same.
Faroudja-chip players like the 981 sometimes enhance macroblocking on displays that are susceptibe to it. I most commonly hear this from DLP owners.
Oppo has a comparison matrix for it's current players here: http://www.oppodigital.com/dv980h/dv980h_comp.asp