Originally Posted by mr_fitz
Just curious to see how many people who own the AVM50 or D2 have this dvd player.
How good is the hdmi cable that comes with it?
It does pass dvd-audio and SACD over hdmi to the anthem right?
I have the Oppo and although it looks like a $150 DVD player, it outperforms most at many times the price.
If you have been following these threads, the Anthem pieces were hit with an issue when trying to input 1080i into them. I think for the most part that this has been corrected. The reason I'm telling you this is when I was hit with this issue, before I knew what was causing it, I borrowed a high end Ecosse hdmi cable to see if the 1080i issue was due to the cable. For comparison, I tried both the Oppo's cable and the Ecosse cable and saw absolutely no difference.
One very nice feature of the Oppo is that you can output it's native 480i resolution out to the Anthem using the hdmi cable. This allows the Anthem to do the processing. I'm not aware of any other DVD players that does this, although I'm sure there must be some.
It will play both SACD and DVD-A, again over hdmi. You just have to remember to switch it to 1080i output before doing so.
As you probably assume by now, I do recommend it without a doubt. Three other people I know have also purchased it and even without the Anthem doing the processing, they are amazed at the picture quality they are now getting. One of them has the ealier version which is probably better if you are allowing it to do the processing, but when linked with the Anthem, the 970 is the way to go.