I'm also interested in purchasing a DV-981HD for a fairly new Panasonic TH-42PX60U 42" plasma via HDMI. Will I experience significant macroblocking if this display is reasonably well-calibrated? If it will have much macroblocking, I'll probably just get a 970, and I think I'd be happy with that model as well.
I did have some macroblocking with this TV and an older upscaling Denon DVD player when using 1080i, though that was fixed by switching to 720p on the Denon. The Denon works OK now -- I just want to trade the Denon for something with some more modern features to play with: MP3 off DVD, Divx, DL DVD, HDCD, SACD, DVD-Audio, [USB,] etc.
Can the Oppo players load a saved playlist off a DVD in some format and play those MP3s either in sequence or randomly? I'd really love to see that feature, so I could pick a mood and let it play for many hours without changing discs and without buying a separate networked sound device.