Originally Posted by Stark & Steel
Two quick questions:
1) What exactly the issue with "Reduced picture size with 720p/1080i -- this is a well-known issue. It is a Media Tek chip problem and will be addressed in a future firmware update."? Wouldn't that be an obvious problem? and wouldn't something like this be addressed before making this available to the public? I guess I don't understand this issue.
There is a point in which you have to decide to release a product, warts and all. For this reason, OPPO decided to release the DVD player with the niggle that is underscanning. It is being aggressively fixed (unlike the Sony NS70H, which "required" new hardware).
2 Neuromancer, do you work for Oppo? If not, I would love to get your full reveiw of this product. You seem very knowledgeable in this area. Personally, I am starting to think this is an excellent product, but I would love to see another independent review of this product.
I don't work for OPPO. Much like GSB, Kris Deering, and other members of this forum, I get advanced screening of software and hardware. However, unlike them, I am not really that technical. All of my assessments are based on personal experience, which is why I refrain from threads which require conjecture or inference.
In terms of a review, that is not really my strong suit. I can say that the DV-970HD performs favorably to the other players in its price point, such as the Samsung DVD-HD850, Sony NS75H, and the Pioneer 490.
Compared to the OPDV971H, it is a mixed bag. On one hand, you have no macroblocking errors, a sharper overall image, but at the same time you are looking at a product which has inferior de-interlacing aspects (especially in the diagnals) and is not designed for PAL playback (no Film 2:2 Cadence support).
For people with smaller displays (37" and below) I would recommend the DV-970HD as it has the sharper image, and the aliasing errors are less noticeable. For larger displays, the OPDV971H is more adept to image reproduction, unless macroblocking is a major concern or cavet.