Originally Posted by dman127
I just picked up a new Panasonic 35 blu ray player. I currently have an Oppo 981 as my DVD player. I would like to get opinions on whether or not I need both in my system. I have a new Denon 2309CI as my new AV reciever and a Sony KDS 55" Rear projection 1080P set.
I guess my question is will the Panasonic upconvert standard DVD's as well (or close enough) to the Oppo? Doesn't the Denon do upconvert as well?
I have the HDMI inputs for both, but if the difference in PQ is negible, I would look to sell the Oppo on ebay or Craiglist.
I used the AVS forum to help me select these new items and I really appreciate the viewpoints those more experienced than me had to help me select the best equipment for my budget.
Thanks in advance for helping me out with this.
I have the Panasonic bd30 blu-ray player and an Oppo 981. I keep the 981 not necessarily for picture quality, but ease of use, faster menus and above all, faster layer changes.
Unless you are playing the pics side by side, the difference in picture quality for SD discs will probably not be apparent. However, the first time I saw a layer change (which only occurs on SD discs), I decided I'm keeping the 981 for now. Layer changes are virtually unnoticeable on the 981, but are noticeable on my bd30 (and probably the bd35 as well).
Another reason to keep the 981, which may not apply to you, is this. I have a 720p projector. I find the best picture with blu-ray discs is setting the blu-ray player to output 1080i. However, the best picture for SD discs is to have the Oppo 981 output 720p.
So this way, I don't have to change the output depending on whether I'm playing blu-ray or SD in the blu-ray player.
Forget picture quality, there are plenty of other reasons for keeping a good SD player around for a little while longer.
You have the hdmi inputs. The Oppo takes up virtually no room. Is the $75.00 you'd likely get from ebay worth it? Nah.