OPPO DV-983H Upconverting DVD Player - Review Essentials
7 January 2009
Summary: OPPO has given other far better-known manufacturers a great deal of competition with their past players and the DV-983H ups the ante significantly, but it is a niche player. If all you care about is the main feature, the DV-981HD performs just as well. If you are picking nits you can find a single hair improvement and save yourself $170 or even spend that difference for a Blu-ray player instead.
Excerpt: There’s chatter across the Internet about the advisability of Oppo Digital bringing out a DVD player for $399 USD -- that’s so last year, runs the lament. After all, Best Buy sells good DVD players for $40. Why pay ten times more, especially as Blu-ray players are likely to soon get cheaper?
OPPO Digital DV-983H universal upscaling DVD player
19 March 2008
Conclusion: After over a year and a half of turmoil, posturing, and conflict, we have come to the end of the HD format war. As a side-effect of the war and Blu-ray's final victory, there has been something of a decline in effort being put into standard DVD players by some manufacturers. It is into that environment that OPPO Digital is introducing a statement piece: a universal DVD player with a potent video processing section and a bit more polish than earlier OPPO players.
Excerpt: If anyone wonders why we're facing price-rises in the consumer electronics industry, here's one answer: a few months back, when it first appeared in Europe, the Oppo DV-983H would have cost you around £280. But being priced in Euros where it's sold, in the company's online shop, means the tag is now getting on for £100 more, thanks to the pound's plummeting value against the European currency.
Pros: Excellent upscaling, fine sound quality when playing SA-CD discs via HDMI
Cons: Unfavourable exchange rates, competition from Blu-ray Disc players, looks a bit cheap