Originally Posted by Blacklac
Hmm, have you tested both? I guess I'd have to see that to believe it.
Anyways, another strong vote for the A35 here!
Yes, I have. The Oppo 980 is very close to the A35, and many folks will see no difference to be sure. The A35 actually has a "better" chip, but the Oppo has better implementation which provides improvements in de-interlacing and smooth color gradients over the A35. Bottom line, the Oppo is carefully designed for de-interlacing and upscaling, the A35 is not. Given it's extensive list of other features, I think the Oppo is a better value at $170 than the A35 at $100 IF
DVD playback is the main concern. I'm talking things like PAL conversion, multi-region capability, SACD, DVD-A, etc, etc.