Untill the BllueRay vs. HD war is over I decided to invest in a good upconverting dvd player. My initial purchase was the $79 Samsung DVD-960HD which quite frankly was a piece of $hit. It would lock up when switched to 1080p during a movie and would often lock up completely to where I needed to pull the power cord in order to reset it. I should have followed my "you get what you pay for" instinct.
The Oppo arrived last week. Inside the box, everything needed to get things hooked up including a HDMI cable. The player even has its own heavy nylon bag to keep it nice and new when in transport. $241 delivered to my door.
Hooked it up via HDMI and my Denon receiver and began to go throug the menu to get things set up. A nice option the Oppo has that the Samsung didnt have is video output memory. Once you set the resolution, 1080p for example, it stays there. On the Samsung would need to set the resolution to 1080p everytime a new movie was inserted (thus the lockups)
Burned DVD's +/- DVD R's work great. No skipping or freezing up. The DVD player also supports SACD format audio discs, I havent tried it yet but I am looking for a good SACD album to throw in it. Suggestions are welcomed. For SACD's there is a sleu of audio settings to get the sound you expect from a SACD. The LCD display is clear and very easy to read. The format of media being played is also displayed on the LCD display. One pet peeve: The annoyingly bright backlight around the "Eject" button. It is very bright especialy during a show at night with the lights low.
Picture quality is great. It is no comparison to HD or BlueRay on my PS3 for that matter but for 240 bucks it is very very nice. If you have a nice TV and are not willing to shell out hundreds for a HD or BR player, give this Oppo a onceover. I am very happy with this unit so far.
Any questions? Feel free to ask away...
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