Widescreen 09 review
The luma resolution was as good is gets, but the
chroma resolution has room for improvement. I use a
chroma multiburst and a chroma zone plate pattern to
evaluate chroma resolution. These tests allow you to evaluate the player’s
ability to resolve the finest amount of chroma detail. The BDP-09FD
resolves more chroma detail than the PS3®, but it is not as good as
the new offerings from Panasonic with their PHL chroma processing.
The BDP-09FD has 15 user-adjustable controls that affect the
video. For many, who like to tweak, you will be in video geek heaven.
The default controls reproduce what is on the disc with perfect accuracy,
sans the loss of chroma detail. None of the controls, including
chroma level, helped improve the chroma detail.
Earlier I mentioned that the BDP-09FD includes the Marvell Qdeo
2710 video processor. There are a small number of companies in the
video-processing space. The short list includes STMicro (Faroudja),
Silicon Optix (HQV), Anchor Bay Technology (DVDO), Sigma Designs
(VXP), and Marvell (Qdeo). All of the technologies are similar. They all
support high-quality video processing of HD content, but there are
subtle differences between them.
Audioholics...Oppo 83 review
We watched a ton of disc material to evaluate the playback quality of the Oppo Blu-ray player. We checked out various aspects, including color, deinterlacing (of mostly standard definition titles) and black level reproduction and dynamic range. In all scenarios, the Oppo seemed to really perform well and positioned itself as an excellent video playback device for both high definition and standard definition material.
Blu-ray: The Fifth Element
This movie has been one of my reference discs for some time. The revised Blu-ray edition is an excellent disc for testing color reproduction and detail. We checked several scenes, including the one where Zorg delivers weapons to the Mangalores - a scene with particularly difficult detail and a breeding ground for moiré.
The BDP-83 did exceptionally well on this movie and we noticed no artifacting, moiré or jaggie effects on any of the scenes. Colors were vibrant and black levels were rendered correctly, with lots of dynamic range.
Blu-ray: Underworld - Rise of the Lycans
This movie is about as colorful as a Tim Burton film… but we were using it to check out black level detail and look for gradations in patches of grays, determining whether or not the Oppo BDP-83 was truly capable of delivering top notch dynamic range. We really enjoyed the level of detail the player produced as well as its ability to accurately portray subtleties in the darkest scenes without crushing blacks.
Blu-ray: The Departed
While not one of my favorite films, The Departed at least delivers a decent picture quality and provided some excellent opportunities to observe facial detail. This movie also lent itself as a great way to observe scene detail and how well the BDP-83 showed off scene motion and dealt with fast pans.
300 is such an excellent film. While highly stylized, I just had to include it in the line-up, plus it helped me to see how well the player's BD-Live! features worked. The Oppo portrayed the fast-action and high-motion shots with ease, never failing in terms of its ability to produce smooth lines and excellent detail - even when the camera was moving at the speed of light.
Secrets review of Oppo 83
On the HDMI side, the Luma and Chroma signals were observed to be aligned precisely and both Chroma and Luma resolutions are shown without breakup or lack of intensity in fine details
I then put a couple of Blu-rays I had around in my first-generation (SRP $1500) Pioneer Blu-ray player, which has the latest firmware updates. Compared to the Oppo BDP-83 I didn’t see any huge differences. Then I tried stopping on some still images in the Blu-rays. One scene of rooftops in Berlin had a great deal of detail and depth in it. The same image when paused as a still on the BDP-83 had improved resolution thruout the entire image. Rooftop signs where the letters were a big fuzzy on the Pioneer became much clearer on the BDP-83.
Lastly, I read in one Oppo 83 review (I can't find it now) that it scored a 97 on the chroma test from the Spears and Muncil disk. That is objective. I would like to know more about that.
I am not disputing your claim Bland, I just don't understand why objective tests are never mentioned when the debate over BR quality rages.
I am more looking for clarification and an answer to the question. To me this is a Science, and there must be some objective way to prove whether all BR playback is the same. Even if it is a little better, that matters a LOT to me. I have better than average vision and a crazier than average brain.
The PHL chroma processing from Panny perked my ears since Stacy Spears referred to it. Anything to it?