Originally Posted by snowmoon
Oh, region free is nice, but do they do framerate conversion or just output PAL? I have a TV that will not sync to PAL.
I owned the 971 and it did a terrific job playing PAL (Region 2) DVDs on my NTSC HD TV. I sold the 971 and bought the 970 because I wanted to connect it to a new HDMI 2 into 1 switiching receiver. But, I didn't think it handled PAL discs as well. So, I wrote OPPO to ask if the 981 would handle them better than the 970.
Oppo customer service promptly responded (as usual) with candid advice.
"The PAL support is far superior on the DV-981HD player versus that of the DV-970HD as the DV-981HD supports 2:2 Cadence, while the DV-970HD does not. This means that the DV-970HD will have more aliasing (jagged edges) and interlacing (combing) errors than the DV-981HD."
So, I am returning the 970 - under Oppo's liberal 30 day guarantee - and I have placed an order for the 981!