Originally Posted by rpauls
Well, I just got a copy of a bug's life and watched it closely especially Chapter 22. I do not se anything bad in the picture at all. No macroblocking. Now I am really puzzled. This dvd is supposed to be the benchmark MBE test for Faroudja chip dvd players and the Panasonic Plasma is supposed to be among the "most susceptible" to this issue according to so much chatter on the forums.
So why don't I see anything?
Don't get me wrong. I'm happy as can be, but what is all the fuss about then?
Here is an update on my experiment using the Oppo 981 dvd player with the Panasonic plasma 50PH9UK monitor.
Finally after about 30 dvds I have found some macroblocking in a few movies, but in every case except one so far it looks just as bad on my Sony (non Faroudja) dvd player, so there is no fault with the 981. The one exception I found is the dvd The Da Vinci Code. This disk has rather significant macroblocking in the dark scenes inside the churches and museum. At one point Langdon's jacket appears as a flashing array of alternating red and green 1 inch squares! It is a solid color jacket I think;-( The macroblocking is just as much present on my sony dvd player in this case too, *except* that the red and green are not nearly as obvious. It's just a blocky crappy picture, but at least not bizarre. I would say this is one case where the 981 really fails. No adjustments seem to make it any less noticeable except turning color level nearly off, but then it's pretty much a B&W picture. So that's one strike against the 981.
So my assessment so far is the 981 looks really, really great almost always, but can brew up a hideous mess of missmangled chroma given the right input. I guess that's why it's not $500.00 ;-)