Did some more testing. The 480P out from the HDMI cable is important because I'm using an H27 which is a EDTV projector but apparently puts out a better sharper picture with a digital imput. (Plus there is only one set of component imputs)
There is an annoying bright blue light on the tray that stays on all the time. It is easy to turn off in the service menu, but when you turn off the player it resets to the "on" position. Annoying - not a deal breaker.
You have to manually change the settings in the service menu depending on the disc you're playing for 4:3 or 16:9. Not a big deal.
Picture at 480P is great. I don't have a lot to compare it to, just the LG LDA-511 I used to own. I would say its equal.
It passes my "Lord of the Rings Test". Stupidly all three LG LDA-511 players would not play my retail extended version LOTR DVD. (A total deal breaker
Sound quality is great, once you change it to bit stream in the service menu for digital out. When I say great - I mean sounds good to me. My entire audio setup was only $200 (Logitech Z5500 on sale at Dell)
Plays Divx Xvid files no problem, but it doesn't read them as fast as the LG 511 does. Also - you have to manually change the aspect raito to get the right sized picture (See above)
According to the manual it plays CD-R and DVD-R discs and I tried both. I don't have any CD+R or DVD+R discs to try. The manual doesn't mention it supports these type - it may or may not.
Later today I'll compare to the Oppo but I'm guessing at 480P the PQ will be the same. I'll try to figure out how I can compare the upscaling feature on both later...maybe take them over to a friends house.
Meanwhile - I had a great time watching the superbit version of Black Hawk Down last night.