Originally Posted by Bob Fosse
I just ordered the 103 to replace my 83 and bring down the 83 to our vacation home. I read the reivews and I came to the conclusion that the 103 would be at least as good as my 83 with DVDs. I did not check the 103 owner's thread or see your post before ordering.
Since DVD PQ is still important to me I am now wondering if I should cancel my order for the 103 before it ships? I am not into streaming video and have a dedicated 2 Chanel system for music so the 83 serves me well on both DVD and BD with my 60" Pioneer Kuro Elite plasma TV.
I have not had time to check out all the comments and findings here on AVS regarding DVD PQ regarding these two players. Any input would be most appreciated by anyone that have owned both of them with regards to DVD PQ.
Thanks and appreciated.
I agree that the 83 and old 983 DVD players, which had the ABT chip handled upscaling SD-DVDs better. I did side by side tests on DVDs I had been involved
in mastering, and the ABT based players produced an image that was closer to the original master than the 103, using either HDMI 1 with the QEDO chip, or
the HDMI 2, which bypasses it.
That said, it was not a dramatic difference, And it wasn't that the images on the 103 weren't pleasing. But it was enough that I've kept my older Oppos for all my SD-DVD watching.
(I also have a 60" Kuro)
As far as BR the 83 and 103 are indeed very similar. I haven't had the time to do the same kind of testing, but I think I slightly prefer the BR PQ on the 83. To my
eye (and there are some others here who decidedly don't see the same thing) the HDMI 1 out on the 103 currently has an oddness where the sharpness set at 0 produces
an image that seems the tiniest bit soft, but raising the setting to sharpness +1 produces an image that looks a tiny bit processed. Using HDMI 2 seems to split the
difference, but there are subtle color shifts.
However, unlike the SD-DVD difference, it is so subtle that I fully enjoy watching BR on the 103, and have kept it for that purpose, as well as for the streaming and
other features. But I find that if I'm going to closely watch a favorite film, I find myself putting it in the 83.
Just one opinion, but I hope that helps.