OPPO Digital DV-981HD Upconverting DVD/SACD/DVD-Audio Player Review
11 December 2007
Conclusion: All in all, when watching DVDs on the OPPO DV-981HD, it was easy to forget that I wasn't watching real high definition material. Instead of a select few titles available on HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc, I got to enjoy all of my DVDs on a large screen 1080p flat panel, without having to wince at the...
OPPO Digital DV-981HD universal upscaling DVD player
29 October 2007
Conclusion: About two years ago, the OPDV971H appeared on the market, and it quickly generated a loyal following thanks to excellent video performance, pocketbook-friendly price tag, and aggressive customer support.
Excerpt: The idea of a $229 USD source component causing normally staid and stolid reviewers to crawl over one another to be the first in line for a review sample may sound farfetched. Usually, it takes something in the low five figures to get our juices flowing.
Oppo Digital DV-981HD Universal Audio/Video Player
23 May 2007
thing you’ll notice about the DV-981HD's sound is that it is rather laid-back. It
draws you in, as opposed to thrusting the music at you. You’ll also note that it does
a wonderful job separating instrumental lines.
Conclusion: So by now you have figured that the Oppo DV-981HD sounds brilliant in theory. It has a ton of features, and is very well designed. But what good are all these features if they don't work properly? What if it chokes on deinterlacing? Is the upscaling much better than letting the TV do the work?
OPPO DV-981HD 1080p Up-Converting DVD Player with HDMI
12 March 2007
Conclusion: In evaluating a product like the DV-981HD, you have to look at it from a couple different angles. First of all, does it really turn your existing DVD library into something that will fully utilize your shiny new HDTV? Secondly, how does it work as a DVD player itself?
Pros: Upscaling definitely improves DVD image quality, Excellent deinterlacing performance, 1080p output via HDMI, Comes with a high quality HDMI cable, Plays pretty much any material that comes on a CD or DVD, Front display can be dimmed or turned off, Can be set to Region Free, All this for about $230
Cons: Takes a long time to initially load a DVD, No Component video leaves SDTV owners even further behind, Disabling front display lights completely - the setting is not saved, Remote not backlit, Despite high res output, does not play high res DivX
Latest upconverting DVD player enhances playback, approaches HDTV quality
Consumer Electronics Net
22 December 2006
Excerpt: When we reviewed the Oppo DV-970 DVD universal player six months ago, we were highly impressed with the upconverting player, calling its 720p and 1080i output of standard definition DVDs the best we'd seen.