Originally Posted by WebEffect
Only if you use it to watch very exacting test patterns rather than movies. Or if you can actually see differences watching real material in a blind test between players. Until then, the Oppo is not worth the extra money for watching 1080p disks.
Why does it matter? Did professional reviewers notice issues with PS3's 1080p playback? Relax and enjoy your player.
If you switch between the picture modes on the various players, and the effects that they cause on the image, you can easily see a difference on a calibrated screen. Errors in gamma typically cause a loss of dynamic range and a washed out image, and it's really not subtle if you switch back and forth. As far as the PS3, I have the data and I just haven't had the time to write it up yet. I will attempt to finish that this week, but I'll say that if a professional reviewer is using that as a source, that should be fine for all practical matters.
If it doesn't bother you, that's great, we just want manufacturers to fix the issue so that in a year or two it no longer exists. I talked to one vendor at CEDIA (who I'll leave unnamed) that gave me a preview of their new players, and pointed out all the issues that came up in the benchmark and our testing methods, and showed that they had been fixed. That makes it better for everyone if the players just work correctly.
The one disappointment to me is that in my talks with THX that they don't have a way to force vendors with THX approved players to ship them in a mode that forces perfect HDMI output, or a THX mode that ensures it's bit-perfect. There might be a small note in the manual somewhere but you can easily switch them to have incorrect output possibly.