OPPO Digital DV-981HD Upconverting DVD/SACD/DVD-Audio Player Review
11 December 2007
Excerpt: If you're a recent or even not-so-recent buyer of an HDTV, you know how tricky it can be to get standard definition content like DVDs to look good on a large screen. Sure, you can buy a Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD player, and select from the few hundred films and concert videos available in glorious high definition. But what about the tens of thousands of titles available already on standard DVD?
Excerpt: Conventional wisdom says that a consumer electronic product from a “brand name” will be superior to that from a small company, So you wouldn’t expect better video or premium features to be found on Oppo Digital’s DV-981HD DVD player – which retails for $229 USD and is sold over the Internet. But as we’ll see, (with a few noticeable exceptions as to design and menu navigation) when it comes to performance the DV-981HD is right there at the top.
Pros: Very high video quality; supports a ton of formats; lots of features
Cons: No component video ouput; poorly designed menus