Originally Posted by DavidHir
so in your opinion it would be better than any of sony options in regards to upscale through HDMI.
The Faroudja deinterlacer in the Oppo 971 is much better than Sony's...this is easily seen on HQV test patterns...and to a degree in "real world" viewing. In addition, the 3100ES and 9100ES do suffer from some YC Delay and from some excessive high frequency noise (or edge enhancement which I could not remove) - none of which the Oppo suffers.
The two above mentioned Sony players do have a slightly sharper image. However, I still prefer the overall image of the Oppo. As I mentioned before, the Oppo has a very analog or filmlike look to it - very natural, detailed, yet smooth looking. The Sony players are still good players, but I think the Oppo is superior, overall. And, once you factor in the price of the Oppo compared to the Sony ES models, it's a no-brainer to me. By the way, the Sony ES players are vastly superior to the lower model Sony H75. Also, the 3100ES and 9100ES almost have an identical image (they both share the same deinterlacer and HDMI transmitter). If you get the 9100ES over the 3100ES, you are spending the extra $500 for better audio, build quality, and flagship status. If you do insist on buying a Sony, I suggest the 3100ES -- it's the best Sony player for price and performance (very slow loading time if that bothers you-- also the remote has a slow response, as well).
One thing to note about the Oppo --- I have seen hints of macroblocking on discs which has some compression issues. This is due to the Faroudja chip. Proper calibration eliminates almost all of it, however. Anytime I start to see it....I also see it on different players.