Originally Posted by bairda
Hi! I am looking at getting a new Blu-Ray player to replace the PS3 (original 20gig model) for playback of BD. I am interested in the Oppo 103 but have a few ?'s:
- How is the Vudu Playback on the Oppo? The PS3 does an OK job with Vudu, but I have to adjust the brightness for playback on my Iscan Duo to +6 to see any shadow detail. I have calibrated my display (JVC RS40 @ 110" screen) and have a great overall pic for everything else (including blu-ray playback) without raising the brightness to +6. It is just this way with Vudu. Does the Oppo fair better with Vudu?
- Is there any reason that I would want to engage any pic controls on the Oppo as opposed to the ones I can access on my Iscan Duo (anchor bay chip)? Is the Marvel better for processing DVD and my Dish Hopper?
- Is the audio out on the Oppo better than the uncompressed output that I am currently getting from my PS3?
- Are load times on the Oppo better than the PS3?
There is no need to alter the video calibration when using the built-in VUDU app in the 103/105.
But then that should also be true for your PS3, so the fact that you are running into that problem on the PS3 suggests there may be an error in your set up. (I suspect you may be using RGB output and running into the problem of whether that is RGB PC Level or RGB Video Level.)
You will likely leave the Picture Adjustment settings in the OPPO at at their default (0) values. Set that way, the OPPO puts out "reference" signals on HDMI. The Rule of Thumb for video calibration is you always try to do any adjustments as far towards the end of the signal path as possible. So first try adjustments in your Display. If for some reason you can't get things right using only the Display's controls, then next try to refine it using your Duo. If for some reason even that is not working, only then would you look to do adjustments in the Source. Now this is for video levels. You WILL still need to decide which output FORMAT works best from the OPPO into your Duo. For example YCbCr or RGB, and whether to use Deep Color data format.
I don't have any useful comparison I can offer between video processing in the OPPO and in the Duo. There are some value added operations -- such as Zoom, DVD 24p Conversion, 2D to 3D Conversion, and the like which will take advantage of the video processing in the OPPO.
The version of the PS3 you have converts lossless Bitstreams to multi-channel high bit-rate HDMI LPCM for output. You can set the OPPO to do the same thing, or you can set the OPPO to output the Bitstreams for decoding in your AVR. The OPPO offers dual HDMI outputs and a variety of audio options which will give you features not in your PS3 such as HDCD music disc decoding. Depending on the generation of PS3 you have, you may not have SACD playback available in it. The OPPO includes that. The OPPO also includes DVD-Audio disc playback, which will never ever appear in any Sony product (Sony being a backer of the competing SACD format).
In my testing, load times on the OPPO are significantly faster than on the PS3. Power ON times are also faster if you are using Quick Start mode in the OPPO.