Originally Posted by Chacranajxy
Yeah, I have no problem with the set-up and various PC-related stuff you have to take care of. I've put together plenty of computers in the past, so I'm aware of all the wrinkles that come with that.
But yeah, if the quality would actually be equal to the Oppo.... that's pretty impressive. Every time I switch from watching a BD on my PS3 to using the Oppo, I'm always pleasantly surprised by how much better it looks... so if I can expect that, that would be nice.
Ok, that statement has me concerned over my previous quality statement. I have the Oppo, a HTPC, and the PS3. When using test patterns the Oppo is going to win handles down since it is using a chip specifically designed for playing back high quality video. It will also pass more video tests then either the PS3 or the HTPC. When playing back a standard Blu-ray movie I do not see a significant difference between any of the three players. I'm not a videophile so I may be missing something. Since you do see a difference between the PS3 and Oppo I cannot say how good the video quality would be to your eyes.
If you are discussing DVD playback on the Oppo then this is a different story. The Oppo has significantly better video quality then either the HTPC or the PS3 when playing DVD's. In this case, I would rate the HTPC roughly equal to the PS3 in video quality.
I'm using these devices with a calibrated JVC RS-45 on a Da-lite 106" HP screen. All devices go through my receiver, but the receiver's video processing is disabled for each device.