Originally Posted by Jottle
I can just say that the netflix app on the 93 was totally abysmal. I had all sorts of frame skipping errors and sync errors that Oppo claimed was Netflix's fault alone. I just got the 103 and the netflix app and streaming quality is worlds better. No frame errors to speak of. However I'm still having the strangest issue using the wireless adapter for streaming. If I stream netflix in the morning/afternoon, then I get good quality and stable high hd streams. When I watch streams on netflix in the evening the quality jumps around all the time from low sd to high hd and back again. This definitely isn't an issue with my connection (19mbp down) b/c vudu streams in the day time or evening all work perfectly, and the built in vudu streaming network test shows I'm getting a solid and consistent 9+mbps down at all times of day (confirmed with speedtest.net). So I know that my network speed isn't an issue in the evening, yet the Nefflix app still jumps all around but only in the evening. To test if this was truly a wireless streaming issue, I switched to hardwired ethernet cable directly into my modem. Now the speeds are perfect all the time. So this makes me wonder, could I possibly have a defective wireless dongle? I doubt it considering there are zero issues with the dongle during the day time (and setup shows 100% signal strength as well at all time). It just baffles me that netflix is the only app on my 103 that's having throughput issues over wireless in the evening, but the issue completely disappears when switching to hard wired ethernet. If it were a wireless streaming issue, wouldn't the other streaming services also be affected? They are not, however. So confusing...
I did a lot of experimenting tonight and I think I've found a way to get great quality from Netflix on the 103 via HDMI 1...switch to Source Direct. It appears to bypass the noise reduction in the QDEO. The overly smooth faces and motion artifacts I was seeing previously are gone. I flipped back and forth between 1080p and Source Direct and compared the same episodes of The Tudors I'd watched previously (I've become intimately familiar with them at this point with all this messing around
) and I'm positive there's a significant increase in detail. There are a few scenes that produce noticeable motion artifacts when using 1080p (usually in the form of trails as something moves across the screen), but look clean when using Source Direct, and the detail with a High / HD stream is comparable to the PS3.
I also confirmed that with Source Direct, the benefits of HDMI 1 over HDMI 2 that I saw on the Spears & Munsil Blu-ray are still present. Chroma resolution and upscaling are superior to HDMI 2 (on my display, anyway).
I'm very happy at this point. I'm still going to request that Oppo provide a setting to disable noise reduction on HDMI 1 for all resolutions, though. Ideally, I'd like to set the 103 to 1080p and forget it.