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post #31 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Jose_L View Post

Is the Sony DVP-NS75H a good 480p player ?

I'm looking to replace a Panasonic CP72 on a 34" Panasonic Tau tube based tv..

I can pickup the sony locally rather than order a Oppo..

The TV does have hdmi and does 480p/1080i not sure about 720p..

Thanks for the advice..

Regards,
Jose

Of course good is relative. I think the DVP-NS75H is a very good budget upscaling player for region 1 DVD-V.

Chris
post #32 of 6369
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

Oppo told me it was a "custom" chip, although as Neuromancer says maybe it is just different than the one used in the 970.

-Bill

I heard the same from the Oppo Product Development VP:

"The chipset is again a Mediatek, but this time they customized for OPPO."

I think this player provides a nice incremental step forward from the 970, but it's not earth shattering. I would like to see them jump into the HD field with a low-priced BD player (as that's a category that's still unfilled), but they've said in the past they want to wait it out a little more to see how the format war shakes out.
post #33 of 6369
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Originally Posted by SirDracula View Post

1. you can play MPEG2 from an external drive, i.e. DVD rips, VOBS + menus

The USB 2.0 is not fast enough for VOB playback at a reliable speed.

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4. can it mount an ISO image of a DVD and just make it look like standard DVD?

No mounting compatibility.
post #34 of 6369
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Originally Posted by sbavnut View Post

So, they had to get a newer chip to solve the "compression" issue. In other words, the 970H owners are SOL...

DV-970HD uses can still use the the vertical compression firmware. I know an updated firmware has been in the talks, but the DV-970HD firmware engineers are working on the DV-980H right now.
post #35 of 6369
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Originally Posted by 02fx4dude View Post

I've been pondering the 981HD, does this one do a better job with upconversion to 1080p?

No, the DV-981HD is still the flagship unit in terms of de-interlacing and scaling. The advantage of the DV-980H is that is supports 1080p upconversion without macroblock enhancement errors like the DV-981HD. This becomes useful for users who are worried about macroblocking errors, such as DLP or plasma users.
post #36 of 6369
Excellent. It seems we finally have a true universal audio/video transport (ignoring the high-def formats of course), and it's available in black! Thank you OPPO!
post #37 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Chris Gerhard View Post

I am not sure I agree with the Oppo position regarding not recommending this player for screens over 45". I think the player is very sharp and I just don't see artifacts or issues that make avoiding the player with large screens important. I am using one with a 720p LCD front projector to a 100" screen and I also thought the Sony DVP-NS75H worked well in that application.

Chris

The main reason for this is that margins for the DV-981HD are higher than that of the DV-980H. In terms of profits, the DV-981HD is a much more enticing kit.

Beyond that, with my personal experience, the larger the screen, the easier it is to see de-interlacing and scaling properties. For a large screen display, the DV-981HD will show better results than the DV-980H.

OPPO is basically trying to reduce the "I don't see any difference" returns that may occur if they recommend a player which is more subtle.
post #38 of 6369
I've been debating getting either a Sony DVP-NS77H(mediatek) or an Oppo DV-981HD(Faroudja). I have a 60" Sony XBR1. Basically, which chipset would be better for my TV? (fyi - the XBR1 will only accept up to a 1080i signal). Would a mediatek or Faroudja chip set produce a better picture on my tv?
post #39 of 6369
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For your display I would recommend using 720p and let your display do half of the upscaling to 1080p.

I personally preferred the look of the DV-981HD on the Sony XBR1, but I have some friends with the XBR1/2 which have used the DV-970HD/DV-980H (beta) and have not complained about the final picture quality.
post #40 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Neuromancer View Post

For your display I would recommend using 720p and let your display do half of the upscaling to 1080p.

I personally preferred the look of the DV-981HD on the Sony XBR1, but I have some friends with the XBR1/2 which have used the DV-970HD/DV-980H (beta) and have not complained about the final picture quality.

that's weird, because I use the 1080i setting on my current dvd player. It looks noticably better then the 720p setting. If I did set the DV-981HD to 1080i, would that still use the Faroudja chip to make the picture look better?
post #41 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Neuromancer View Post

The USB 2.0 is not fast enough for VOB playback at a reliable speed.

USB 2.0 not fast enough? Are you saying it's not fast enough in the Oppo DV-980H implementation or in general? Because in general, I can play VOBs from an external USB2.0 drive just fine on my computer.

So what formats, besides, Divx/Xvid can be played reasonably well from the Oppo USB?

Also, does all the video processing that Oppo does for DVDs also applies for files played via USB?
post #42 of 6369
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Originally Posted by sl@cker View Post

that's weird, because I use the 1080i setting on my current dvd player. It looks noticably better then the 720p setting. If I did set the DV-981HD to 1080i, would that still use the Faroudja chip to make the picture look better?

I found there to be resolution loss at 1080i compared to 720p when using the XBR1. If you are using AVIA, throw down some resolution test patterns. You will notice moiring and false contouring at the 6.5Mhz test pattern and 350+ lines of resolution.
post #43 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Neuromancer View Post

I found there to be resolution loss at 1080i compared to 720p when using the XBR1. If you are using AVIA, throw down some resolution test patterns. You will notice moiring and false contouring at the 6.5Mhz test pattern and 350+ lines of resolution.

Interesting - and there are no macroblocking issues on the XBR1 when using the DV-981H ?
post #44 of 6369
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Originally Posted by SirDracula View Post

USB 2.0 not fast enough? Are you saying it's not fast enough in the Oppo DV-980H implementation or in general? Because in general, I can play VOBs from an external USB2.0 drive just fine on my computer.

So what formats, besides, Divx/Xvid can be played reasonably well from the Oppo USB?

Also, does all the video processing that Oppo does for DVDs also applies for files played via USB?

Since they don't advertise it being an HD Divx player, I'll assume that it can't do higher than 720x480 for divx/xvid.
post #45 of 6369
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Originally Posted by SirDracula View Post

USB 2.0 not fast enough? Are you saying it's not fast enough in the Oppo DV-980H implementation or in general? Because in general, I can play VOBs from an external USB2.0 drive just fine on my computer.

The buffering for the USB on the DVD player is not good enough for VOB or other high bandwidth intensive media. It is like recording a mini-DVD (DVD encoded on CD media). CDs can't spin fast enough to stream the media, so you will see skipping or dropped frames. This is the same thing with the USB interface.

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Also, does all the video processing that Oppo does for DVDs also applies for files played via USB?

All processing that applies to disc media is applied to USB media.
post #46 of 6369
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Originally Posted by sl@cker View Post

Interesting - and there are no macroblocking issues on the XBR1 when using the DV-981H ?

Macroblocking is minimal. LCoS technology is far less prone to macroblock enhancement errors than their DLP counterpart.
post #47 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Chris Gerhard View Post

I am not sure I agree with the Oppo position regarding not recommending this player for screens over 45". I think the player is very sharp and I just don't see artifacts or issues that make avoiding the player with large screens important. I am using one with a 720p LCD front projector to a 100" screen and I also thought the Sony DVP-NS75H worked well in that application.

Chris

Chris, I am looking at the comparison / recommendation from the Oppo site and it seems that they do recommend the 980 for 1080p and rear projection systems and any display with a HDMI input. The chart is a bit confusing, but it appears that they do recommend it for screens over 45".

You can see this at the compare link on the product description page.
post #48 of 6369
Unlike the 970, is the 980 capable of 2-2 cadence for PAL playback?
post #49 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Gasport View Post

Chris, I am looking at the comparison / recommendation from the Oppo site and it seems that they do recommend the 980 for 1080p and rear projection systems and any display with a HDMI input. The chart is a bit confusing, but it appears that they do recommend it for screens over 45".

You can see this at the compare link on the product description page.

These are guidlines, and probably not rules. These are recommendations, and are again, are generalizations.
post #50 of 6369
Thread Starter 
PAL 2:2 Cadence is not fully compliant, but it is damned close to being perfect.
post #51 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Rich Malloy View Post

Unlike the 970, is the 980 capable of 2-2 cadence for PAL playback?

No, the 980 cannot do 2-2 cadence. It's listed as such in their comparison chart.
post #52 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Neuromancer View Post

PAL 2:2 Cadence is not fully compliant, but it is damned close to being perfect.

Yup, even for not supporting it, it plays back PAL just fine usually.
post #53 of 6369
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Originally Posted by Gasport View Post

Chris, I am looking at the comparison / recommendation from the Oppo site and it seems that they do recommend the 980 for 1080p and rear projection systems and any display with a HDMI input. The chart is a bit confusing, but it appears that they do recommend it for screens over 45".

You can see this at the compare link on the product description page.

The chart has a line for screens over 45" at 1080i and 720p and only the DV981HD is checked now. Yes, it doesn't limit 1080p by screen size and my point is that I am using it with a 720p projector and 100" screen and think it is fine for that purpose.

Chris
post #54 of 6369
Can the 980H play HD divx files from DVDs or USB?
post #55 of 6369
I use this player as a dedicated CD/SACD/DVD-A player. Can I expect any improvements over the 970?

970 is pretty darn good.
post #56 of 6369
Do we have a new remote with this model?
post #57 of 6369
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Originally Posted by dobieck1 View Post

I use this player as a dedicated CD/SACD/DVD-A player. Can I expect any improvements over the 970?

970 is pretty darn good.

If it is connected via 5.1 analog, I say no. Others may have a different opinion however. I don't have any equipment to do any objective tests but I find the DVD-V performance and HDMI 1.2a are the big upgrades. You might wait until some objective data can be presented regarding audio performance. I have both players and I am with you, the DVD970HD is a great sounding budget CD/SACD/DVD-A player.

Chris
post #58 of 6369
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Originally Posted by 70MM View Post

Do we have a new remote with this model?

yes
post #59 of 6369
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Originally Posted by gevorg View Post

Can the 980H play HD divx files from DVDs or USB?

No.

Chris
post #60 of 6369
The question for those of us who are still stuck with component input HDTVs, is there a possibility that a firmware hack will be available (and how soon) to do 1080i or 1080p via component.. I was more or less sold on the 970, but might as well wait for the 980 if the same capabilities are going to be there (ala 1080i via component) with the added features that the 980 provides..
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