I have been dealing with Oppo on another issue but asked about the HDMI1 sharpness issue. Here is what I was told: they are evaluating customer observations, there will not be any adjustments to the default HDMI1 settings on the next firmware release and there are no guarantees they will find anything wrong with the default settings in the future. I believe they have the ability to adjust the noise reduction the QDEO chip provides if they so choose to. It does not sound like they have arrived at any conclusions yet as to whether a change to the default HDMI1 settings is warranted.
I then asked about what I am giving up by watching through HDMI2. They replied that HDMI1 and HDMI2 produce a similar quality image but there are currently chroma sampling issues with HDMI2 which will be fixed on a future firmware release.
Thanks for clarifying. It is pretty much what I feared - both sides waiting for each other. It shouldn't be that hard for the engineers with test equipment to figure out if the 103 is altering the signal. Unless they've already done that check, Why rely on the user community to tell them? However I wouldn't expect the default (user) settings to change - those should always default to the middle or neutral value - rather something under the hood needs to be changed, as you said. Maybe that's what tech support was getting at, although being overly optimistic gets us nowhere in these situations.
Good news about HDMI2 though!
Except for the CUE (Chroma Upsampling Error) HDMI2 has ...
If Oppo thinks the default NR is ok for HDMI1, then why don't they give us the option to turn it on or off, instead of forcing us to use it regardless?