Originally Posted by Warcam
I didn't post this over in the 'Blu-ray' forum, because I knew what kind of responses I'd get. Apparently once you go blu, there's nothing left to do. I'm this close to jumping on the blu-ray bandwagon and buying a Panasonic blu-ray player, but freezing issues and constant firmware upgrades kinda scare me. I'm not into streaming anything, BD Live, etc. I just want to be able to get the most out of my SD DVD's.
Am I crazy for wanting to invest in the 980 when I can get the 60K for only slightly more? Or should I just bite the bullet and get the 60K, even if it's primarily for playing SD DVD's, but knowing I can always rent/buy the occasional blu-ray if I want. Does anyone here have any experience with both players, and can vouch for SD playback comparisons. Part of me just wants to own an Oppo
I had a similar situation... and currently own the BD60's predecessor (BD35) and an Oppo 980. I owned the BD35 first, then added the 980 for a few reasons (in order of importance to me):
- SACD/DVD-A playback
- My AVR has a Reon HQV scaler and wanted it to do the DVD upscaling. I CAN just set the BD35 to 480i output, but its a PITA to change output resolutions when switching between DVD vs Blu-ray.
- I wanted independent SD and HD source paths for calibration purposes.
- I wanted to see what the Oppo hoopla was all about.
So... how did it work out: Somewhat disappointingly. The SACD and DVD-A aspects of the 980 are great (although it likes to belt out blasts of digital noise occasionally when playing SACDs). After that, its been more or less downhill.
I have essentially the same problem switching between SACD and DVD in the Oppo as I did switching between BD and DVD in the BD-35... I cannot just leave the 980 output resolution set at 480i because SACD requires the output resolution to be set higher. Its easier than the menu driven switch in the BD35 due to the "HDMI" button, but still a bit of a PITA. This is not a defect... just an "I wish it were different" thing. Perhaps if the Oppo supported discrete IR commands for resolution instead of just the wrap-around it would be easier to program for different uses. Or allow different default HDMI resolutions for DVD vs. SACD.
More importantly, I have been greatly disappointed with the PQ of the Oppo. It's generally noisy looking and suffers from terrible color errors, having a severe deficiency of blue in the HDMI output, giving everything a ghastly yellowish cast. This can be calibrated out, but this severe an issue should just not be from a "premium" brand. DVD playback is equal or better in the BD35, and vastly superior in the Denon 758 I also have. If the Denon could do SACD over HDMI it would have replaced the Oppo a while ago.
I suspect that I may just have a bad unit, because I have not seen any of these PQ issues posted anywhere else. I'm not knocking Oppo, but based on my experience so far I would not repeat the purchase, since I was expecting more from the 980.