Originally Posted by ashwiggins
I need the advice of Oppo 980 and higher owners. I just traded in my 50 inch Vizio JV50 plasma for a 50 inch Vizio VP504 Plasma which is 1080P. My old Vizio, JV50, had a max resolution of 720P/1080i. I have an Oppo 970 DVD player, but it doesn't up convert to 1080p.
My question is, are the new Oppo players, 980 and higher, worth the investment to have 1080P up conversion. Keep in mind though about half of my DVD viewing is Divx. I guess I'm asking if I buy an Oppo 980 to replace my 970, will I see a medium to big difference in the up conversion quality to 1080P?
Also, does the 980 or higher players up convert Divx video better then 970?
The 980 fixes a problem some people reported on the 970: a vertical squeeze at upscaled resolutions.
It's hard to advise you on the upgrade; some people see big differences when switching gear, others don't.
I upgraded from the 971 at 720p to the 981 at 1080p; the machines are similar apart from that. On a small LCD there was a detectible improvement when looking at test patterns, but on real video the change was negligible.
I use very little divx; from reading here it seems that upconverting does not help as much as with DVD-Video.
I presume you are using a calibration disc. I always recommend that before buying new hardware.